America is experiencing the first-ever national blood supply crisis. The American Red Cross, which supplies 40 percent of the nation’s blood, made the declaration this week.
High inflation, government mandates, staffing limitations and lockdowns are among some of the reasons many blood drive events have been cancelled.
Since the Biden presidency began, almost immediately blood shortages appeared due to:
🔹energy, oil, gas and pipeline shutdowns.
🔹more hospitalizations from pandemic related issues including injuries and illnesses from experimental COVID vaccines and booster shots.
The severe shortage could result in some hospitals not receiving all of the blood they need on certain days. On some days, hospitals might not receive as much as one-quarter of blood products requested, the Red Cross said in its most recent update.
The bleak announcement comes weeks after the Red Cross and two other national blood organizations issued a joint statement urging eligible people to donate amid an unprecedented supply shortage.
“If the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, life-saving blood may not be available for some patients when it is needed,” the Dec. 13 statement revealed.
“All types are needed now, especially types O positive and O negative, as well as platelet donations, to help reverse this national blood crisis,” the organization said. “If there is not an immediate opportunity available to donate, donors are asked to make an appointment in the days and weeks ahead to ensure the Red Cross can replenish and maintain a sufficient blood supply.”
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