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Urgent need for blood donation as blood supplies are dangerously low

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 12:07 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 2:04 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, the American Red Cross, and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers are all pleading with you to donate blood.

According to UAB some surgeries had to be delayed the week of October 25 because of low blood supplies.

The hospital says “O” positive is especially at critical levels.

“We did have to delay some of our surgeries to conserve products in preparation for the traumas we’ve seen. We’ve seen a 20 increase in trauma over the past year, so the need is greater than what it was a year ago,” said Jordan DeMoss, UAB Vice President Clinical Operations.

UAB says they have not seen a shortage this bad in 20 years.

The American Red Cross says national blood supplies are at an all-time low.

“Typically, time when we’ll see a rebound in the blood supply as donors become more available than the summer months, but that rebound never happened for us, and as we continue to see strong demand in distributions to hospitals, we need you to roll up your sleeves and help us get these lifesaving products to those who need them most,” said Melanie Wooten, with the American Red Cross.

Lifesouth, which supplies hospitals across the state, says their blood banks have less than a one-day supply.

To find a drive or facility near you, go to the American Red Cross website or the LifeSouth Community Blood Centers website.

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