Blood Shortage Prompts Need for Donors

By Marissa Frazier

Mark your calendars! Student Government Association will sponsor a Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Theatre in Hansen Hall. 

Even though 2022 has only just started, we are currently facing one of the worst blood shortages in the past decade. In fact, the Red Cross has declared a national blood donation crisis for the first time ever. This blood crisis is extremely concerning and a large risk to patient care as doctors have been forced to make decisions on who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait. Since 2020, 10% of the overall blood donations have been on a decline while college and high school blood drives are also being canceled due to the recent progressions with COVID-19. Currently, hospitals are in critical need of O+ and O- blood, as well as platelets.

Although this most recent blood drive supposed to occur here at East Central was canceled due to the weather February 3, there are multiple other places to donate. If you wish to help during this blood crisis, there are appointments all over. Some are April 11 at the Knights of Columbus in Union, MO (700 Clearview Drive) and April 11 at the Temple Baptist Church in Sullivan, MO (444 Beeman). Later on in the year, the Knights of Columbus will host more blood drives on June 13, October 17, and December 12. 

Some tend to question why this blood shortage is happening. As somewhat explained before, it’s been because of the lack of participants willing to donate. This can be from being sick themselves, being around someone that’s sick, or overall concerned about donating with COVID-19 still happening. Despite that, it’s absolutely crucial for these donations in order to save as many lives possible. According to the Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood or platelets every two seconds, and 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day. In fact, even a single car accident victim can be required to have as much as 100 units of blood, while those with sickle cell disease can require more blood transfusions throughout their whole lives. While it is only about 3 units of blood taken for that, it can quickly add up, making the need for blood stay on the rise. 

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