Red Cross Blood Shortfall At “Emergency Level”

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

A lab assistant holds a unit of blood. (credit: Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A dramatic drop in blood donations has left the American Red Cross in an “emergency” situation.

Red Cross officials say the month of June has yielded 50,000 fewer donations than expected. Now the organization is calling for all eligible donors to donate blood as soon as possible.

While workers say all blood types are needed, there is a particularly pressing need for O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

“In Dallas, the Red Cross is hoping for 200 additional units of blood between today and Saturday, July 7th to help relieve the current shortage,” American Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region CEO Steve Nagle said in a press release statement. “Each pint of whole blood can help save more than one life.”

Officials aren’t exactly sure why donations have decreased…

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