Multiple governors are proclaiming state blood donation days in response to blood bank shortages throughout the country.
Each year multiple Governors declare 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.
Vitalant, formerly known as 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 2-9th and this year National Blood Donation Day falls on September 5th, with many states declaring September 5th their State Blood Donation Day.
States who have already proclaimed September 5th their Blood Donation Day this year include:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Arizona has proclaimed September 2-9th Arizona Blood Donation Week
…….with more to come as the date nears.
For a list of governor proclamations visit here.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a board certified Family Medicine Physician and a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.