It seems to happen every summer. There is a shortage of blood.
Once again the American Red Cross has issued an emergency plea for donors. Many people have already donated, but there continues to be a crucial need for all blood types, especially type O. This week, the Red Cross said there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that might require significant volumes of donated blood products.
As spokesperson Patty Corvaia said, “Patients don’t get a summer break from the need for lifesaving treatments, so it is critical that hospitals have access to blood products each and every day.”
Experts say it takes as little as 24 hours to replenish the volume of blood lost after making a donation, although it takes up to about eight weeks to replenish all of the elements lost through a donation.
The only cost, really, is a half-hour or so of a person’s time.
Most healthy adults can donate blood and while many do, scores of others do not.
We strongly believe that most people recognize the importance of being a blood donor.
Let’s make it a point not to forget something so important.
Donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to give now using the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood. org, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767.