Vitalant seeing critical blood shortage

A donation chair at Casper's Vitalant location
A donation chair at Casper's Vitalant location(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 5:52 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Vitalant changed the urgent need for blood back to a critical status Monday morning. Although this time of year is usually a busy time for blood donations... the organization is seeing many cancellations.

“So we have people who have said they’re coming in to donate and nationwide, about a third of the people who are saying that are not showing up. So we’re encouraging people who make an appointment to donate to keep that appointment and come in so we can get out of this critical shortage,” said Tori Robbins, the communication manager for Vitalant.

Vitalant serves over 900 hospitals nationwide, including 14 in the state of Wyoming. The organization has to collect 5,300 units a day to keep at the safe four day level for all the hospitals that they serve. At this point in time, Vitalant estimates it will take a thousand additional donations per week to get out of the critical status. When Wyomingites donate blood, it not only benefits local hospitals here.. but emergencies nationwide as well. Most patients who receive blood donations use them consistently as part of their treatment.

“You’re giving them more time with their loved ones. It truly is a ripple effect where one hour of your time makes an amazing difference in the recipient’s life but all of their friends and family that they touch their lives as well,” said Robbins.

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