Blood donations badly needed

Red Cross is facing its worst shortage in more than a decade

Illustration of four hands holding blood types


The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis—its worst blood shortage in more a decade—posing 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. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.

The Red Cross works with hospitals around the clock to help meet the needs of patients, but blood product distributions to hospitals are currently outpacing the number of blood donations coming in. The Red Cross has had less than a one-day supply of critical blood products in recent weeks—well below the ideal five-day supply.

During this blood crisis, the Red Cross is asking everyone to roll up a sleeve to help ensure people in their communities receive the care they need.

Make an appointment today to give blood or platelets. A drive is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Levering Hall's Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus Click here to make an appointment.

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