Severe blood shortage means donations are critical
February 3, 2022
The Smith County Memorial Hospital staff members are dealing with a problem many of them have not seen during their careers: the worst blood shortage in more than a decade.
“We’re feeling the impact of this at home,” said Sarah Ragsdale, the hospital’s chief operating officer. “Our lab staff is unable to request blood from the American Red Cross, which puts our ability to care for patients at risk.”
The American Red Cross reports an overall decline in blood donations by 10 percent since March 2020. A large portion of the decrease is because of canceled blood drives, illness an...