Blood. We need it to survive. It carries nutrients and oxygen to the living cells in our body. It flows through our veins everyday, and we often don’t even think about it being there. But, if it were to suddenly leave us, we would most certainly die.
A national shortage of blood, along with increased demand, has prompted some U.S. Hospitals in cities like L.A. and Atlanta to begin cancelling elective surgeries. We fear that these cancellations might just be the start of something bigger. With a current shortage of almost 40,000 Units, and a declining number of donors, it’s hard not to imagine falling further behind or never catching up.
The high demand is primarily due to an increased number of complex treatments like organ transplants and heart surgeries, which require large amounts of blood. But without enough donors there is little or no blood set aside for these types of important treatments. Some hospitals are working with as little as One Unit of blood in reserve with no backups currently on the way.
When it comes to blood shortages… “This is one of the worst ones that the Red Cross has seen,” Red Cross President Dr. Bernadine Healy
For most Zombies this isn’t a big deal, but for those of us still living, it’s time to chip in. Those of you wishing to donate blood can call the Red Cross at 1 800 GIVE LIFE or visit redcrossblood.org to find out how.
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