Even though people from across America rushed to give blood by the thousands, there is still a major blood shortage in the States. The Red Cross kindly asks people to donate blood, so it is available over the summer for patients who need it.
Sometimes, platelets and blood are needed in hospitals faster than donations are made available. This affects the capacity to restore the supply of blood. At the current time, the Red Cross has only a few days left of supply ready to use.
But the organization normally aims to have a five-day blood supply at any time. This is useful for the daily requirements of doctors, the needs of patients and in the case of an emergency, when the need for donated blood and blood products increases.
Bernadette Jay, a spokesperson for the Red Cross, stated that the Red Cross is still in need of life-saving blood. The organization is thankful to the people who donated this summer and would like to remind people who can donate to do so, as hospital patients really need the blood.
Every couple of seconds, somebody in the US needs blood. Take Ray Poulin for example. Poulin’s liver and kidneys failed after an infection of the blood. The situation turned into a life and death struggle, when his liver hemorrhaged. He only had a 10 percent chance of survival. After receiving a blood transfusion of 77 units, Poulin survived.
He said that it was the transfusion that ultimately saved his life. Platelets and blood serve a number of affections: accident and burn victims, patients with organ transplant, leukemia patients, and heart surgery patients – all of them rely on blood and platelets.
This is why all blood types are sought. Donors of any blood type are urged to help re-supply. The Red Cross is giving away a $5 Amazon.com card code, to be used y those who give platelets or blood between now and the 31st of August.
If you want to give blood, try using the Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. To shorten waiting times, you may complete an online health questionnaire.
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