Blood banks face nation-wide shortage

7:16 PM, Jul 29, 2012   |    comments
Collection workers have time on their hands as they wait for people to arrive at the Red Cross in Nashville. / The Tennessean
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The national blood supply is at its lowest levels in 15 years says the American Red Cross.

The Tennessee Valley Blood Service Region, which supplies 70 counties in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri, said it cannot maintain its supply right now.

The organization said it needs 600 donations per day to keep up with the demand in our region.

The American Red Cross said this blood shortage across the country could be because of severe weather and less donations this summer.

This summer storms forced dozens of blood drives to cancel and people are staying indoors because of high temperatures.

USA Today reported that if blood donations remain low, doctors could begin canceling elective surgeries.

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