Yahoo! Life: What’s Behind the Current Blood Shortage? Here’s What You Need to Know About This ‘Often-Invisible Emergency’

Yahoo! Life recently interviewed Ellen Klapper, MD, director of Transfusion Medicine and Blood Donor Services at Cedars-Sinai, about what is causing a national blood shortage that started over the summer and how to help. The American Red Cross announced in September that already-low blood supplies had dropped by 25% since early August, creating what the organization called […]

America’s blood supply is in crisis. Here’s how school blood drives can help

After declaring a national blood shortage and announcing that the United States’ blood supply has fallen to “critically low levels,” the American Red Cross is urging high schools to bring back blood drives. The nonprofit, which provides about 40% of the nation’s blood and blood components, says the distribution of blood products to hospitals is outpacing the […]

Red Cross announces emergency blood shortage, calls on Americans to donate

The American Red Cross said Monday it is experiencing an emergency blood shortage. According to the humanitarian organization, it is seeing the lowest number of people giving blood in 20 years. Hospitals are currently receiving blood products — including whole blood, red blood cells, plasma and platelets — faster than donations are coming in, the Red […]

Blood Shortage Continues, Please Give Blood Now

The American Red Cross declared a national blood shortage on Sept. 11, citing a critically low blood supply level that dropped nearly 25% since early August. Since the plea for more blood donors went out, the Red Cross has seen an increase in donations and is thankful to everyone who has rolled up a sleeve […]