American Red Cross Facing Donation Shortage

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – January is National Blood Donor month, and the American Red Cross is facing its worst blood shortage in more than ten years. The number of donations declined from year-to-year, but the pandemic made the situation worse this past year. The hardest hit group by the drought of donations are patients, who may have to delay necessary treatments.

Julia Wright, Executive Director for American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee, said, “Hospitals need blood for everything from surgeries, transplants, cancer treatments and chronic illnesses like sickle cell disease. When life-saving blood isn’t available, medical professionals have to make a prioritized treatments for surgeries and what tat availability looks like.”

The Red Cross is set to hold a blood drive at its office on Access Road on January 27th from 10 to 3. That drive will collect blood and plasma. If you want to donate, make an appointment on redcrossblood.org.

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