American Red Cross announces national blood crisis, local employee reacts to the news

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 8:59 PM EST
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BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) -- The American Red Cross announced this week it’s experiencing a national blood crisis.

Area Booking Manager locally with the American Red Cross, Sheila Sullivan, said this is the worst it has been in a decade.

Sullivan said the holidays and the winter season always present recurring issues, but the pandemic and the wildfires have made this a “perfect storm” of a situation.

The area booking manager also mentioned there has been a 10% decline in donor turnout at blood drives, which has a ripple effect.

“In recent weeks, we’ve had less than a one-day supply of critical blood types,” said Sullivan. “Days when it was the worst, it has made a situation where we cannot fully fill all the hospital blood orders, which is never a good thing.”

If someone has donated blood, she mentioned sharing the experience with peers.

To save up to three lives, you can call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit this website to enter a zip code to find the next blood drive near your location.