National blood crisis forcing doctors and patients to make tough choices : NPR

In recent weeks, the Red Cross — which provides nearly 40% of the nation’s blood — said it had less than a one-day supply of critical blood types and has had to limit blood product distributions to hospitals.

The organization says that at times, up to one-quarter of hospital blood needs are not being met. Additionally, the pandemic has also contributed to a 62% drop in blood drives at schools and colleges.

Ghaly said unless the county sees an immediate reprioritizing of the current blood supply to trauma centers by blood banks across Southern California, more of them could be forced to close down more in the coming weeks — and for longer periods of time.

National blood crisis forcing doctors and patients to make tough choices : NPR

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