Blood donations severely needed


To the Editor:
The American Red Cross is facing an emergency blood shortage as the nation faces the lowest number of people giving blood in 20 years. In recent weeks, the Red Cross blood supply has fallen to critically low levels across the country. Blood products are currently going to hospitals faster than blood donations are coming in.
Additional challenges lie ahead as winter weather and seasonal respiratory illnesses may create a more dire situation for the U.S. blood supply. A sufficient blood supply is critical to being able to provide timely care for all patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions.
 All blood types − especially platelet donors and type O blood donors − are needed throughout the winter. On behalf of the Red Cross, I urge you not to wait. Please make your appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Elaine Wolfe
BioMed Committee Chair
NW Chapter    American Red Cross