Every two seconds, an American needs blood, and the Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s life-saving supply.
In recent weeks, the American Red Cross has had less than a one-day supply of critical blood — well below the ideal five-day supply. The pandemic and winter weather are compounding the dire blood inventory situation. The problem is so vast, the American Red Cross has declared a national blood crisis, the worst in decades.
The blood shortage poses a concerning risk to patient care. Doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available.
Schedule a time to give blood at a local blood drive, including drives to be held on campus.