American Red Cross suffers ‘severe’ blood shortage in a decade – Greeley Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Donated blood could save a life, but its supply nationwide is dangerously low. The American Red Cross is calling on people to donate.

“We are in a serious trouble with our blood inventory,” said Dr. Pumpy Young, chief medical officer for the American Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Probably the most severe shortage we’ve experienced in a decade.”

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The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis. Dangerously low blood supply levels are threatening patient care and forcing doctors to make difficult decisions.

“We’re putting doctors in a position where they have to make the difficult decision of who gets a transfusion and who to wait,” Young said.

The ongoing pandemic coupled with weather events has forced the Philadelphia Red Cross to cancel several blood drives. In recent weeks, the Red Cross has had less than a day’s supply of the type of blood that hospitals desperately need.

“I saw in the news last night that there is a national emergency,” said Steven Ages, who donated blood Wednesday night. “There’s no good place for me to donate in Delaware, so I’m working here in Camden so I decided to make an appointment.”

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Ages is moving ahead and donating blood since teen years.

“I’ve been giving blood since I was about 17 and I have a fairly rare blood type,” he said, “so they call me all the time. I come in and give whenever I can.” I try.”

All types of blood are needed, and doctors say that despite the COVID-19 surge, even people who have had the virus can donate.

“Once you’ve fully recovered from COVID and you’re healthy and feeling well, you deserve to give,” Young said. “Another important aspect is that you are eligible to give after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.”

“I don’t have a problem doing it twice a day because there are people less fortunate than me who can’t give blood or this or that, so when there’s blood for them and there’s a shortage now people need to keep giving it.” For,” said Edward Bronca, another blood donor.

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The Red Cross and the NFL are partnering this January during National Blood Donor Month to urge people to donate blood during times of shortage. Donors will be automatically entered for a chance to win Super Bowl tickets. Donors can also win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card.