Thursday, December 9, 2021

Alabama Hospitals Have Serious Blood Shortages, Donations Needed

MONTGOMERRY, Ala. (NWN) — Hospitals in Alabama are acutely short of blood and in dire need of donations, an organization of state hospitals said.

The Alabama Hospital Association said the state is facing a blood supply crisis after a drop in the number of donors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The blood loss has reached crisis level. “We now have a serious shortfall in the entire health system,” said Dr. Don Williamson, president of the Alabama Hospital Association.

The hospital association said LifeSouth, the donation center that supplies blood to most hospitals in Alabama, listed the statewide blood supply at “critical” levels. This means they have a blood supply on their shelves in less than two days on average.

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Williamson said some hospitals would have difficulty handling a major trauma incident as a result. He added that this particularly pertains to the holiday travel season.

While it’s not unusual to have occasional blood loss at a local level, Williamson said, “it’s very rare for us to see this level of blood loss on a statewide level.”

The hospital organization said the donation is urgently needed. The group encouraged schools, colleges, churches, businesses and other organizations to host a local blood campaign as soon as possible.

“We are strongly encouraging those who can donate, please donate,” Williamson said.

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