January 16, 2020
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Red Cross says it faces blood shortage in Maine

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Lisa Marie Trask attends to a donor as she gives blood at the American Red Cross Donation Center in Bangor in this Dec. 29, 2010, file photo.

The American Red Cross is facing an emergency need for blood in Maine and across the nation.

“Right now the Red Cross has less than a 3-day supply of most blood types available, and less than a 2-day supply of type O blood,” said Mary Brant, spokesperson for the Red Cross in northern New England. “Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in and more donations are needed now to help replenish the blood supply.”

Bryant said the organization tries to keep a five-day blood supply on hand.

“We cannot stockpile blood,” she said. “If you gave a blood donation today, that blood donation has a shelf life of 42 days.”

Brant said only three in 100 people in the U.S. donate blood, and more donors are needed right now. She said it’s not uncommon for there to be blood shortages during the summer.

People can find out about where to donate by calling the Red Cross at 874-1192 or visiting its website.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.


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