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Blood emergency: Less than 3-day supply of most blood types, all donors needed now

Posted: 6:19 AM, Jul 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-09 18:20:44-04
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(WXYZ) — The American Red Cross is now facing an emergency shortage for almost all blood types.

With less than a three-day supply of most blood types, the Red Cross says it has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now to replenish the critically low blood supply.

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Earlier this year, the organization had a less than two-day supply of Type O blood left. Just six units of type O blood were available for every 100,000 people, but at least 14 are needed every day.

The call for donations comes after a difficult July 4th week for donations when hundreds fewer blood drives were organized by volunteer hosts than a typical week, compounding a shortfall of more than 24,000 blood donations in June, the Red Cross said.

In June, the Red Cross launched the Missing Types campaign to encourage donors – especially new donors and those who have not donated in the past years – to give blood or platelets during the challenging summer months. Through the campaign, the letters A, B and O – letters that make up the main blood groups – disappeared from popular brands to symbolize what happens when blood goes missing from hospital shelves during blood shortages.

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