On World Blood Donor Day, the Washington Department of Health and the Washington State Blood Coalition are encouraging eligible donors to give blood this summer, which is generally a critical time for blood donations.
“Blood donations usually start to drop around this time of year due to summer schedule and vacations,” said Curt Bailey, President and CEO of Bloodworks Northwest. “But we need everyone’s help to keep our blood supply stable for those who need it.”
Requests for donations come after the nation has been battling an ongoing blood shortage, where earlier this year the American Red Cross announced a blood crisis, claiming it to be the worst shortage in over ten years.
The most common type of donation is a whole blood donation, according to Bloodworks Northwest, which usually takes less than one hour. Individuals may donate whole blood every 56 days.
Blood donations are frequently used in trauma care for people who have experienced accidents, as well as during surgeries and organ transplants. Those receiving treatment for cancer, bleeding disorders, blood diseases, or immune system conditions may also need blood.
“We know that people care and will step up when they learn how important the need is,” said Christine Swinehart, executive director of Cascade Regional Blood Services. “We’re here to make the process as easy as possible.”