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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Blood shortage hurts hospitals

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by BENJAMIN WINN AND NATE JASTRZEMSKI , NJASTRZEMSKI@TNONLINE.COM in Local News

A seasonal shortage of blood donors around the nation has led to what the Red Cross is calling a blood emergency.

In the past two months, the Red Cross has seen 61,000 fewer blood donations than average. That is equivalent to the approximate number of losses the Red Cross would see if it received no donations for more than four days.

“A lot of people just don’t think about giving blood,” said Alana Mauger, external communications manager for the Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Region.