The Crimson Cross hopes to have the ability to use extra donors to treatment the “extreme” blood deficiency
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Red Cross is seeking help from the public to address “severe” blood shortages across the country, including northeast Indiana.
The blood supply is depleted by the increasing number of trauma, organ transplants, and elective surgery. According to the Red Cross, trauma center demand increased 10% in 2021 compared to 2019. That is more than five times the growth of other blood transfusion facilities.
With many surgeries postponed last year due to the pandemic, appointments are now being made that will require a blood transfusion.
Running donation clinics was also more difficult last year, which put an additional strain on the blood supply. After the COVID-19 restrictions were eased, the Northeastern Indiana Red Cross location is still struggling to get donations for a variety of reasons.
“The weather is nice, a lot of people are vaccinated and just out and about, which just means some people don’t donate blood,” said Olivia Lusher, executive director of the Northeast Indiana Red Cross. “When you go on vacation pawing around town, there is a time and a place where you can donate blood.”
How to donate
Donors of all blood groups, especially blood group O, are urged to make an appointment as soon as possible in order to avoid further effects on the patients.
Several blood donation clinics will be held across northeast Indiana by the end of the month. Donors can save up to 15 minutes on the blood donation campaign by filling out a RapidPass on the Red Cross website or the Red Cross blood donor app.
In most cases, those who received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. Donors should know the name of the vaccine manufacturer they received to determine suitability.
As a thank you, donors will receive a $ 5 gift card from Amazon.
To donate to an upcoming blood drive in northeast Indiana, visit the Red Cross website.