The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives, the organization said Wednesday.
Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.
The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS, visit redcrossblood.org or use the free Blood Donor App on your smartphone or tablet.