Summer Shortage Misconception

SIOUX CITY, IA (July 11, 2019) — Despite a nationwide alert about a blood shortage from the American Red Cross this week, LifeServe Blood Center is urging local donors to remain calm. The Red Cross shortage is not an indication of the nation’s blood supply. The local blood supply is stable.

While the Red Cross is a great organization when it comes to local disaster relief, the Red Cross does not provide blood to our local hospitals. LifeServe Blood Center is the only provider of blood and blood products to hospitals throughout Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Thanks to generous blood donors who gave blood with LifeServe Blood Center during the 4th of July week, there is no risk of a blood shortage locally. 

“It’s not a surprise to us that blood donors are busy during the 4th of July holiday and throughout the summer months,” said Danielle West, PR & Marketing Manager for LifeServe Blood Center. “We took preemptive steps to ensure our hospital partners, and ultimately the patients who need blood products, didn’t have to worry about a blood shortage.”

LifeServe Blood Center only collects blood in communities whose hospitals and medicals centers receive their blood and blood products from us. 

“We’re proud to serve the communities our donors live in, and we work hard to ensure the hospitals in our regions have the right blood products at the right times,” West said. “Regular blood donations from our community members are key to maintaining a healthy blood supply, and we encourage our blood donors to continue to support us, their local blood supplier.”

LifeServe currently has a strong blood supply of red cells, platelets, plasma, and cryo products. Local hospital patients are not at risk.