Red Cross, OHSU share local impact of national blood shortage 'crisis'

Hospitals are now making tough decisions about who should get blood. Important surgeries are being delayed and some patients with less critical needs have to wait.

OREGON, USA — The American Red Cross said the nation is facing a blood shortage crisis. The aid organization has less than a day’s supply of critical blood types.

During a news conference with regional Red Cross and OHSU leaders Tuesday, they shared the impact in Oregon and Washington.

Angel Montes, regional donor services executive for the American Red Cross, said Oregon and Washington typically host 35 blood drives per day, producing 500-700 units of blood.

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