Winter Weather Creates Blood Shortages in the East | Time

Blood donation clinic

The American Red Cross is making an urgent call for blood and platelet donations of all blood types to help combat a blood shortage, after severe winter weather caused January blood bank donations to drop by the thousands. via Winter Weather Creates Blood Shortages in the East | Time

This is true for the blood bank I work for. We are facing shortages in O- and O+ blood types. In my department at work we are charged with getting donors to come into a facility or a mobile collection unit. With illness and resetting of personal routines after the holidays its tough to get people in. This is a time of year you have to do a little more to help save lives.

All Blood Should Be Tested For Zika

I work for a blood bank and this is a serious issue impacting public health and access to transfusions. Testing for Zika is a safety precaution and will keep the public safer. 

There’s A National Blood Supply Shortage And You Can Help


Across the United States there is a significant blood supply shortage. Donations are down this time of year. I work for Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank located in Chattanooga, TN and there is less than a one day supply of many blood types. All it takes is a serious trauma to wipe out inventory of available units. Recently in Orlando they experienced an emergency need of blood due to the night club shooting. On July 16th, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, five servicemen were killed by a terrorist at a local military center. Of those five there was sailor who was needed dozens of units of blood to give him a chance of survival.

Blood donations are important to individuals who have to have blood to survive whether it be a person in an accident, a cancer patient or someone who has lost blood due to a surgery. Every donation saves 3 lives but it does so much more for those who need it.

You can help and it doesn’t take much of your time. Contact your local blood bank and schedule a donation. Encourage those in your life who can to make a donation too. It’s about life and community. It’s a great way to make the world a better place by helping someone live. Blood is needed at all times, you never know when you might need it. No matter where you are in the world you can help save lives.