TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE) – Local hospitals are seeing dwindling blood supply as demand for donors continues to rise.
“You never know when someone might be in a car accident and need blood urgently and we have to hurry for these patients and that’s not where you want to be as a hospital or trauma center “Cristina Cadena, supervisor of the Kaweah Delta blood bank. noted.
Cadena says blood donation is extremely important.
“Pretty much since the start of the pandemic, but most recently especially during the holidays,” Cadena said.
But recently, the number of donors able to donate blood has decreased.
“This is how low we are, everything has to be approved by multiple doctors in some cases, so the need is beyond critical,” Cadena said.
She said blood is needed for many reasons and for many patients,
“Most often people think of blood transfusions and emergencies for trauma and surgical patients, but there are also other patients who need blood cancer patients or oncology patients, there are patients with chronic anemia. ” Cadena said.
But even with more donors, Cadena said accepting donated blood can be difficult.