American Red Cross ‘Crisis Levels’ May Impact Missouri Health CareOzark Radio News

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According to the American Red Cross, due to winter issues and issues related to the pandemic, they are facing shortages of donated blood to the point of considering it to be a “crisis level”, and say that it’s the worst shortage they’ve seen. in over a decade.

The Red Cross continues to report that as it stands: “Doctors are forced to decide which patients get blood transfusions and who should wait. It’s a dire situation… ”, and that“ In recent weeks, the Red Cross had a less than a day’s supply of critical blood groups and had to limit the distribution of blood products to hospitals. Sometimes up to a quarter of hospitals’ blood needs go unmet. The blood is used to treat people in critical situations due to accidents and injuries, but also as part of standard medical treatment.

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As the situation is dire, as we have said, the Red Cross has teamed up with the NFL to give a gift to those who donate blood in January.

“Those who donate blood, platelets or plasma in January will automatically be entered for a chance to win a Super Bowl LVI getaway in Los Angeles. As an additional thank you from the Red Cross, those who donate will also be automatically entered to win a home theater set and a $ 500 electronic gift card. Conditions apply; visit RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl for more information.”

To find more information on this issue and to find a blood donor clinic near you, go to https://www.croixrouge.org/, or to volunteer, see https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer/urgent-need-for-volunteers.html.

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