National Blood Shortage, All Blood Types Needed
Posted by: Staff
Date: Jan 13 2022 11:03 AM
Blood donors are needed as LIfeSouth and blood centers across the nation are experiencing unprecedented declines in blood donation, leading to a significantly impacted blood supply.
Blood supplies have been low for months, and the resurgence of COVID-19 and the omicron variant is causing blood drive cancelations, staffing challenges and donor eligibility misinformation, furthering the seriousness of the shortage. However, the need for blood is urgent, and blood donors are asked to donate soon.
“Blood donors are needed every day to make sure blood is available immediately when it is needed and a significant decrease means the care of patients can be affected,” said JD Pettyjohn, LifeSouth’s COO. “It is imperative to maintain a stable blood supply to ensure blood is available to help patients in need.”
January is National Blood Donor Month and to celebrate and thank blood donors, now through January 17, all LifeSouth donors will receive a $20 e-gift card good at many retailers and restaurants.
Donating blood is safe, takes about an hour and can save three lives. LifeSouth and LifeSouth blood donors serve patients at local hospitals such as BMC-South, BMC-East, Jackson Hospital, East Alabama Health in Opelika, Flowers Hospital and Southeast Health in Dothan, WellStar West Georgia, St. Francis-Emory in Columbus and many others in surrounding counties.
Blood can be donated after receiving the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines for COVID-19 or the flu vaccination.
In addition to the e-gift card, blood donors also receive refreshments, and a mini-physical including cholesterol, iron level, temperature and blood pressure. Find a blood drive or donor center near you at lifesouth.org.
Joint statement from America’s Blood Centers, AABB and American Red Cross regarding the national blood shortage: https://americasblood.org/news/joint-statement-blood-donors-urgently-needed-during-national-blood-donor-month-and-throughout-the-winter/
LifeSouth is a non-profit community blood bank serving more than 125 hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. LifeSouth is committed to meeting the blood supply needs of hospitals and their patients by providing the highest quality blood components and services. The LifeSouth team is dedicated to making sure the blood is there when a patient is in need. To learn more, visit LifeSouth.org.