National blood shortage hits Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4Utah) – It takes more than 140,000 donations of blood to keep Utah’s hospitals stocked. That’s 27,000 units of blood every week. And in the summer, it never feels like enough.

Tom Aston is a Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross. He explained why the summer time always finds hospitals begging for more blood. “People are out and they are active and they’re doing things which is great, it’s really healthy, but it also means that there is more risk for injuries and more people in the hospitals with traumas needing that blood.”

Donating takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. 

Every blood donation has the potential to help in hundreds of ways. Some are used in transfusions for trauma victims, others are used in clinical trials and research studies, but every donation has the potential to save a life.

Aston said, “Assume it’s your grandma, assume it’s your child or your husband or wife, assume it’s your family member that’s receiving that critical life-saving blood and it puts it to a whole new level.”

To find a Red Cross donation center near you, visit their website

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