Vitalant, nonprofit blood bank, at critical need for blood donations

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A blood shortage is being seen across the nation. Vitalant, nonprofit blood bank, says that providers across the U.S. have less than a two days’ supply.

During the holidays even regular donors tend to donate less. Vitalant needs to collect 3,500 blood products a week to meet patient needs.

“Blood transfusions happen every two seconds,” says Brittany Sigel, Vitalant Blood Recruitment Manager. “Hospitals don’t shutdown so the need for blood is every day, all day long. And so we need to continue collecting and we need to continue to bring the awareness that the need for blood is there and it’s real and if you haven’t donated before now is a good time to kickoff the new year and become a blood donor.”

Normally, a four days supply of blood is the goal. O-negative and platelets are in special need due to platelets short shelf life and O-negative being used as a patient stabilizer.

Anyone 16 and older can donate blood – all will be asked to complete a medical history to see if they qualify.

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