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Fewer drives, busy holiday schedules lead to Red Cross blood shortage

 

Last updated 1/24/2019 at 10:54pm



TEMECULA – A donation shortfall over the winter holidays prompted the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.

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