Groups of doctors and health workers issue warning of blood shortage

Three associations of doctors and health experts are issuing a warning about the country’s low blood supply.

In a statement released Thursday, the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association said “the severity and duration of this shortage could significantly compromise the ability of health care providers to meet the many urgent needs of our patients and communities.”

The shortage comes shortly after the American Red Cross called it the “worst blood shortage in over a decade”.

The three associations said the COVID-19 pandemic has only added challenges to the blood supply shortage the United States is already facing and urged everyone to donate blood. they can.

It comes shortly after the American Red Cross said it had “less than a one-day supply of critical blood types”.

The need has also renewed a call for the lifting of restrictions that prevent many gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

Twenty-two US senators sent a letter asking the FDA “to act quickly based on the best available science and update its outdated and discriminatory blood donor deferral policies.”

The Red Cross and the American Medical Association have also urged the FDA to lift the restrictions. The Red Cross is currently conducting research, hoping this will help change eligibility.

According to FDA policy, men who have sex with men must remain celibate for three months before donating blood to prevent HIV transmission.

This restriction was shortened by 12 months when the pandemic began in 2020.

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