COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) - The American Red Cross says they are in urgent need of eligible donors due to a blood shortage.
According to a press release, the blood shortage is because more than 550 fewer blood drives were held last week than during a typical week due to the July 4th holiday. Officials say this could mean the organizations could have a shortfall of up to 15,000.
The Red Cross is urging all eligible donors of all blood types, and especially individuals with type O, to donate as soon as possible.
“Each and every day, individuals across the country depend on blood and platelet donations for lifesaving treatments and emergency care, so it’s critical that people donate mow to meet these needs,” Cliff Numark, senior vice president of Red Cross Blood Services, said. “Whether you’ve never nodated or give a couple times a year, you’re needed to give as soon as possible to help save patient lives.”
Type O is the most in-demand blood type and often the first to be depleted during a blood shortage.
More than 40 hospitals across central Ohio receive donated blood from the Red Cross, supporting patient care in 27 counties in the region.