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How To Help The Blood Bank Shortage

Peyton Garcia
Peyton Garcia
Posted on September 7, 2022   |   Updated on June 28
Find a blood drive near you. (Nguyễn Hiệp / Unsplash)

Find a blood drive near you. (Nguyễn Hiệp / Unsplash)

Across the state and the nation, blood banks are facing a critical shortage in their blood reserves that are often relied upon to save lives. Here’s the need-to-know on the situation here in Colorado:

⚕️ Why is there a shortage? The blood shortage is largely due to COVID-19, after blood donation centers were forced to cancel blood drives at the height of the pandemic.

⚕️ What are centers in need of the most? All blood types are needed right now, but Type O is in the shortest supply. O-negative blood can be universally accepted by anyone, so it’s ideal for transfusion emergencies. The American Red Cross has also announced that Black donors are especially needed at the moment.

⚕️ Can anyone give blood? Mostly; but there are some restrictions around certain health conditions, HIV/AIDS risk, recent travel, and tattoos and piercings. You can check your eligibility here.

⚕️ Are there other ways to help? Many donation centers are currently understaffed and are offering signing bonuses as large as $5,000 for new phlebotomists.

⚕️ Where can I give blood or volunteer?

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