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Emergency blood shortage: Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donors

Blood supply dwindles after donations lagged during Fourth of July holiday week

 

Last updated 7/17/2018 at 8:33am



WASHINGTON, DC – An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives.

The Red Cross escalated its call for blood and platelet donors after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities. This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than...



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