Recently there have been many news reports about the critical shortage of blood throughout the country. Donations were way down during the spring break period and fewer blood drives are being held now that the school year is over.
Officials say the American Red Cross currently has less than a two-day supply of type O for emergency rooms where it can be most critical.
According to Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services, “All blood types are urgently needed, but we’re facing a critical shortage of type O blood – the blood group most needed by hospitals.” Type O-negative is the universal donor and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there is not time to determine a patient’s blood type. Also critical is type O-positive, which can be transfused to anyone with a Rh-positive blood type, and is essential for trauma situations.
Eligible donors with type O blood are encouraged to make a whole blood or Power Red donation, where available. During a Power Red donation, a concentrated dose of red blood cells is collected during a single donation, allowing donors to maximize their impact.
Some statistics on blood transfusions and donations:
- 1 in 4 people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime
- Only 1 in 20 eligible donors give blood
Helmer Scientific holds blood drives throughout the year to collect donations from team members, family and friends. Helping to bridge the gap and save lives in our community is a part of who we are as a company. We encourage you to find a local blood drive in your area to help save lives.