Red Cross Warns of a ‘Staggering’ Drop in Blood Supplies

June 2, 2020

The New York Times

The drop has already started to complicate the jobs of emergency rooms doctors, according to Mark S. Rosenberg, chairman of emergency medicine at St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson and Wayne, N.J., and president-elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

“We’re running critically low in certain blood types like O-negative,” Dr. Rosenberg said. “I get about half of what I need.”

For now, emergency rooms can use workarounds, such as delaying procedures long enough to find out a patient’s blood type.

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