Red Cross says region’s blood supply lowest in decade

The Associated Press
Posted July 12, 2011, at 12:02 p.m.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The American Red Cross Northern New England Region has issued an appeal for blood donors of all types. It says the nation faces a critical blood shortage.

While demand for blood products remains steady, donations to the Red Cross this summer are the lowest the Red Cross has seen in over a decade. All types are needed, but especially O negative, which can be used to treat any patient.

The Red Cross Northern New England Blood Services Region provides blood to more than 80 hospitals and needs more than 500 people a day to give blood and platelets.

The blood goes to accident victims, as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses. printed on July 23, 2017