WA Has “Code Red” Blood Shortage, Bloodworks Northwest Says

SEATTLE – Bloodworks Northwest is sending out a phone call asking all eligible blood donors to report this week.

The nonprofit says they are currently running out of blood that their shelves are almost empty and available for less than 24 hours at any given time. That has forced her to make some tough decisions.

“Blood is delivered to hospitals faster than it is collected,” Bloodworks told EVP of
Blood supply to Vicki Finson. “We are actively communicating with hospitals to save blood
and appeal to donors to book appointments so doctors don’t have to make it difficult
Decisions such as canceling operations or postponing treatments due to blood supply. “

Organizers say the shortage is largely due to no-shows or canceled appointments – so many that they have consistently cut 700 units per week from needs. The composition of the program has resulted in a growing demand for blood in the area that is approximately 10 to 18 percent above normal needs.

Bloodworks says they understand why there have been fewer donors: the warm spring weather and the feeling that the pandemic is ending have resulted in significant “donor fatigue,” but they want to remind everyone that the need for blood continues.

“Maintaining a safe and reliable blood supply is to public health and the ability of
Trauma centers to respond to emergencies, “said Curt Bailey, president of Bloodworks Northwest.” The community must immediately prioritize blood donation for the health of local patients, including those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. ”

If you or someone you know is interested in helping, Bloodworks Northwest accepts appointments in any of 11 Washington locations. They are also planning dozens of upcoming pop-up blood donation drives in the Puget Sound area.

In Washington, most people over the age of 18 who are in good health and weigh at least 30 kg can donate blood. 16- and 17-year-olds can also donate if their legal guardians sign a permission form. According to Bloodworks Northwest, 95 percent of the blood collected is given to hospitals in the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about Donor Eligibility and their mission by visiting their website at www.bloodworksnw.org.