Bloodworks Northwest calls on public to donate blood amid ‘Code Red’ emergency shortage
Bloodworks Northwest declared a “Code Red” emergency blood shortage on Thursday and urged the public to donate blood immediately. Such an urgent notice occurs after four consecutive days of emergency levels in the regional blood supply, according to a news release. Bloodworks is a nonprofit organization that supplies blood to 95% of Pacific Northwest hospitals. Blood transfusions have outpaced donations during the holiday season and winter weather, according to a Bloodworks news release. Vicki Finson, executive vice president of blood services, said the non-profit is running out of blood “fast.”
Bloodworks urged donors to book an appointment. As of Thursday, there were 6,300 open appointments in the next 12 days, according to the organization. “If you’ve been putting off donating blood, now is the time to make an appointment,” Finson said. Any healthy adult who weighs at least 110 pounds can donate whole blood every 56 days. People can donate blood 10 days after recovering from COVID-19 symptoms.