Multiple governors are proclaiming state blood donation days in response to blood bank shortages throughout the country.
Moreover blood donations are desperately needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Not only do natural disasters require ample blood supply on hand, but the storm and flooding have interrupted the blood donations previously done routinely by thousands of people, thereby drastically cutting supply.
Last year 33 Governors declared state blood donation days to unite during National Blood Donation Week.
This year more are uniting to help bring in more blood supply.
According to the American Red Cross, 36,000 units of blood are needed in the U.S. every day.
Emergency rooms treating trauma victims, hospitals treating anemic patients, and medical clinics replenishing low blood levels in cancer patients require a steady supply of blood products.
38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% actually do.
Inconsistent donation patterns during the year result in unpredictable and reliable blood supply numbers, hence donation is requested year round.
United Blood Services suggests donating three times a year.
The summer and holiday season appear to be the “dryest” in terms of donations. States and regions frequently need to ship blood to areas who are in need.
National Blood Donation Week is September 4-10th and this year National Blood Donation Day falls on September 8th, with many states declaring September 8th their State Blood Donation Day.
States who have already proclaimed September 8th their Blood Donation Day this year include:
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
Arizona proclaimed September 4-10th Arizona Blood Donation Week.
More will follow in the coming days.
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