Ohio EMS, Red Cross call for blood donations

COLUMBUS — The State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services (EMFTS) is joining the American Red Cross in raising awareness about the national blood crisis – the worst blood shortage in more than a decade.

Low blood supply levels are posing a risk to patient care and forcing doctors to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who must wait until more products become available.

“The blood shortage has been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, decreased blood donations and an increased usage of blood and blood products to treat an increasing number of trauma cases,” said Division of EMS Director Rob Wagoner.

Blood and platelet donations are needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments, and donors of all blood types – especially type O − are urged to make an appointment now. Go to www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 REDCROSS.

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