The Red Cross sees fewer blood and platelet donors give as the nation begins to climb out of this pandemic.
This downturn comes when the Red Cross continues to see strong demand for blood products—including platelets—by hospitals.
The Red Cross currently has an emergency need for platelet and type O blood donors as hospital demand for these blood products continues to outpace donations. Type O blood is the most needed blood group by hospitals. Type O positive is the most transfused blood type, and Rh-positive patients of any blood type can receive a transfusion of Type O blood. Type O negative is the universal blood type, and emergency room personnel reach for it when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most challenging situations.
The American Red Cross is partnering with the American Cancer Society during the month of June in the #GiveBloodToGiveTime campaign.
Together, everyone can do their part to help ensure loved ones have the strength and support they need as they undergo cancer treatment.
Support friends and family fighting cancer by regularly donating to meet the ongoing need. Patients undergoing cancer treatment use nearly one-quarter of the nation's blood supply – more than patients fighting any other disease. And, currently, those needs aren't being met.
For those undergoing chemotherapy, a blood transfusion might relieve some symptoms and help improve their quality of life.