From Donor to Patient, We Shepherd Blood on its Lifesaving Journey
The need for blood is constant. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. The timely delivery of blood can mean the difference between life and death. The Red Cross plays a vital role in meeting the constant demand, providing about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply wherever and whenever it is needed. To meet community needs, the Red Cross must collect about 13,000 units of blood every day.
Each year, we deliver blood to patients at 2,500 hospitals and cancer treatment centers nationwide. We’re even there when a patient needs a blood product that’s not on hand. Nearly 1,300 times a week, we meet urgent blood requests with only a few hours’ notice. Before the delivery of critical relief and lifesaving blood can happen, our dedicated workforce must first get there. Without our fleet of community emergency vehicles, this crucial work simply wouldn’t be possible.
Help us complete the funding for a new Biomed Community Emergency Vehicle and ensure that patients get help when they need it the most.
How We Do It: The Arm-to-Arm Journey of Donated Blood
• Collections: Every day, Red Cross vehicles transport skilled staff, specialized equipment and critical supplies to about 520 blood drives nationwide, enabling our generous donors to give at convenient locations like workplaces, schools and community centers.
• Processing: Community emergency vehicles then shepherd each unit of blood to a processing facility where it undergoes rigorous testing, ensuring the safest blood products possible.
• Delivery: Our vehicles play a vital role in the delivery of about 4.7 million units of blood, securely transporting it from storage facilities to patients at hospitals and cancer-treatment centers each year