The American Red Cross is facing an urgent shortage of blood and platelets and must collect 10,000 more blood products each week over the next month to restore the blood supply to meet the needs of hospitals and patients.
Donors of all blood groups – especially type O – and platelet donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate now and in the weeks to come to overcome this current shortage.
Blood donor participation reached the lowest levels of the year as many donations delayed return to work and in-person learning, as well as a recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the country. country due to the delta variant. As the number of cases increased in August, blood donor participation fell by around 10%, but distributions of blood products to hospitals remained strong, significantly outpacing donated blood in recent weeks.
Locally, a blood drive is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on October 12 at Beth Car Baptist Church located at 25 Church Street in Halifax.
The Red Cross’s national blood inventory is the lowest it has been at this time of year since 2015, with less than a day’s supply of some blood groups in recent weeks. The blood supply of O positive and O negative types, the blood groups most needed by hospitals, has sometimes fallen to less than half a day in the past month, well below the ideal supply of five. days.
âFall is usually a time when the blood supply rebounds as donors are more available to donate than during the busy summer months, but this year presented a unique and serious challenge,â said Dr Pampee Young. , chief medical officer of the Red Cross. . âWhile it is clear that the pandemic continues to weigh heavily on our spirits, the Red Cross calls on the public to remember that donating blood and platelets is essential for the many patients who depend on life-saving transfusions every day. “
Every Red Cross blood drive and donation center meets the highest standards of safety and infection control, and extra precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of their immunization status – have been implemented to help protect the health of everyone present. Donors are requested to make an appointment before arriving at the drive.