Today, there is great hospital demand for blood as patients who previously deferred care during the COVID-19 pandemic present with more advanced disease progression, therefor requiring increased blood transfusions.
Hospitals are also responding to an atypically high number in traumas and emergency room visits, as well as overdoses and resulting transplants. In comparison to 2019, the Red Cross has seen red cell demand from trauma centers climb 10% in 2021-more than five times the growth of other facilities that provide transfusions.
20-40% of trauma deaths that occur after hospital admissions involve massive hemorrhaging, and doctors need a secure blood supply to fight the odds. To save a life in these dire circumstances, hospitals may need hundreds of blood products depending on the severity of the trauma.
Unfortunately, as a result of this shortage, some hospitals are being forced to slow the pace of elective surgeries until the blood supply stabilizes, delaying crucial patient care.
The Red Cross is urging donors of all blood types, especially O blood to donate blood as soon as possible.