How to donate blood during the American Red Cross shortage: UChicago Medicine surgeon

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
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A University of Chicago hospital surgeon said the American Red Cross 2021 blood shortage could impact care. She joined ABC7 to discuss how to donate.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- As the American Red Cross has continued to face historically low blood-supply levels, a Chicago hospital said that could impact care.

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Doctor Priya Prakash, a trauma surgeon at University of Chicago Medicine medical center, joined ABC7 on Thursday to discuss the blood shortage she has seen first-hand.

Prakash talked about what kind of injuries blood donations are frequently used for, why hospitals have seen an uptick in trauma patients recently, and the ongoing need for Type O blood specifically. She also discussed the process of donating blood during the COVID-19 pandemic and how viewers can donate blood to those in need.

The ABC7 Great Chicago Blood Drive is scheduled for Jan. 12-13.