Ill. (KWQC) - The American Red Cross of Illinois says they are currently in a Blood Emergency -- with less than a 3 day supply of most blood types when they usually have at least 5 days worth of supply.
The Fourth of July holiday week brought a challenge for finding new donors and finding organizations who were available to host blood drives. According to the American Red Cross, there were about 450 fewer blood drives, which accounts for about 17,000 fewer blood donations that are needed for patients in a single week.
“Medical emergencies and critical treatments don’t stop for holiday celebrations. Patients depend on lifesaving blood transfusions every day,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services.