Created: September 10, 2021 02:11 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. – Between now and October 7, Vitalant is hosting nearly 300 blood donation events across New Mexico to address a donation shortage.
Extreme weather events amid the pandemic have created an urgent need for blood donations. Researchers estimate blood donations have declined between 30-70% in most developed nations while U.S. hospitals have seen a significant rise in demand for surgeries that require blood products.
In recent months, hurricanes, large-scale wildfires and other extreme weather have forced blood donation groups to cancel hundreds of additional donations events, despite the disasters creating a greater need for blood products.
"The need for Type O blood is especially urgent,” a Vitalant spokesperson said. “Type O is the most transfused blood type, and O Negative is what emergency room personnel reach for when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.”
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