Summer is not the best time of the year when it comes to blood donations. Red Cross usually runs out of supplies during these months.
According to Krystal Overmyer, Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications for the Red Cross external communications manager, the American Red Cross receive fewer donations during summertime, leading to a concerning situation regarding the blood supply.
Patients who need blood donations do not take a break during summer. There is no such thing as a blood donation holiday, so hospitals need blood supplies during the whole year.
Doctors do not know what is the cause of this donation decline yet, but most likely donors are busy with other activities or they go on vacation.
It is also worth mentioning that college and high school students represent 20 percent of all donors, so during the summer holiday, they are less likely to be preoccupied with this important matter.
Blood can usually be stored on the shelf for 42 days, but it never stays that long in there, because many people need blood donations. Based on the statistics, in order to provide every patient with enough blood supply, Red Cross needs donations at every two seconds.
Overmyer stressed that this blood supply is crucial because, in the worst case scenario, the blood on the shelf makes the difference by providing patients with the donation they need on short notice. But to be prepared for any emergency, Red Cross needs the help of many donors to have enough blood supplies.
Blood donations are usually needed for transfusions in the case of a disease, complications during childbirth, and car accidents. Some people believe that they are not allowed to donate blood because they suffer from diabetes, or they have tattoos.
But doctors strongly recommend people to go and ask whether they are eligible or not, because a qualified person knows better. Many blood drives are hosted in several places this month and even if appointments are recommended, people can come to donate whenever they want.
Hopefully, more people will become aware of the fact that countless patients throughout the United States need help and rely on everyone’s good will. Every donation might represent a life saved. Every day many citizens suffer from accidents, diseases, and other health conditions that require blood donors to bring their contribution.
That is why the American Red Cross encourages everyone to increase the number of blood donations throughout the country.