Red Cross faces critical shortage of blood

Red Cross faces critical shortage of blood
The Red Cross said spring into summer is a vital time for blood donations. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The American Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of type A, B and O blood.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical. That means just six units of type O blood are available for every 100,000 people, but at least 14 are needed every day. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and is also critical in trauma situations.

The Red Cross is asking eligible type donors to make an appointment to donate blood.

If you’d like to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, click here or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

You can also find somewhere to donate blood by visiting Facebook. The social media giant recently debuted a new tool to help people donate blood. Click here to learn more.

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