The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation, even during the holidays.
We’re now well into the holiday season, and starting to experience shortages — our inventory is at emergency levels of B negative blood, and low on O positive, O negative, and AB negative as well. December is typically a slow month for blood centers, and we’re counting on you to keep the blood supply stable.
Here are a few examples of people in our community requiring blood in the last month — as you can see, just one procedure can require more than 40 lifesaving donations:
- A B positive female at Evergreen Hospital used 11 units during labor.
- An O positive 55-year-old female at Swedish Hospital used blood from 7 donors.
- A 33-year-old O negative female patient with O negative blood type received 7 units.
- A 39-year-old male with O positive blood received blood from 15 donors.
- A 23-year-old female patient in Seattle used blood from 41 donors for an organ transplant.
Giving blood is an hour of your time, and can be a welcome relief from the stress of shopping and family gatherings. With as many as 1 out of 3 people in the U.S. needing blood at some point in their lives, the life you save may be your own or that of someone you love.