Blood shortage worsening in Illinois, blood donations needed urgently, Red Cross says

CHICAGO (WLS) – Traditionally, summer is a time when blood donations drop. But health experts say this summer is particularly challenging.

“We are continuing to see and hear that people need blood and the blood is not there,” said Celena Roldan, CEO of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.

Blood donors – especially African-Americans – are welcome here and at other local blood drives as the organization reports worsening anemia in Illinois and across the country. Appointments are available at the American Red Cross office in West Harrison.

“We are looking for our African-American donors to also help us and roll up our sleeves so we can give blood to patients who are battling sickle cell disease,” says Roldan.

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Roseland Hospital found many patients in need of blood therapy.

“We have a lot of patients on dialysis, sickle cell patients, we have a vulnerable population that requires frequent blood transfusions,” said Dr Khurram Khan, medical director at Roseland Hospital. , simply because of their underlying illness.”

Khan said they are being extra cautious with any blood products.

“If your hemoglobin is low, we give you one unit of blood and then we repeat that level, first to see that you need another unit and second the transfusion that we give you,” says Khan. has been effectively implemented.

While some hospitals are not feeling anemic, the American Red Cross is continuing to appeal for donors. It reports trauma, implants and ER visits as well as elective surgeries with Americans returning to more normal activities.

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