Blood donations urged as Red Cross reports severe shortage
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — More than a dozen blood donation opportunities are scheduled around Vermont in August as the American Red Cross is reporting a severe blood shortage.
The need for donations is higher this summer as more people are seeking treatment after deferring care during the coronavirus pandemic, Northern New England Red Cross spokeswoman Mary Brant told the Burlington Free Press. Organ transplants and elective surgeries have increased.
“They are presenting with more advanced disease progression, therefore requiring increased blood transfusions,” Brant said by email.
Hospital emergency rooms also are handling more trauma cases, Brant wrote. “To save a life in those dire circumstances, hospitals may need hundreds of blood products depending on the severity of the trauma.”
The Red Cross has been distributing 12% more blood products to hospitals across the country than it was during the same time last year, the newspaper reported.
Vermonters are urged to make an appointment now to give blood by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, visiting redcrossblood.org or downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor app on a smartphone.