Health: Critical condition – Red Cross calls for blood donation – Panorama

The Red Cross is urgently asking for blood donations. Photo: Waltraud Grubitzsch/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa


Due to corona, many operations had to be postponed. Now they need to be replenished – but blood supplies are currently scarce.

Berlin – Due to the lack of supplies, the German Red Cross is urgently calling for blood donations across the country.

“We are currently in a critical situation because we have a very high need for blood in the clinics,” said the spokesman for the Blood Donation Service of the German Red Cross, Patric Nohe, on the occasion of the blood donation day on June 14. .

Operations that have been postponed due to the corona pandemic should be compensated. On the other hand, there are vacations, public holidays and a large volume of travel, which leads to a decrease in the willingness to donate. Many donors cannot be reached. “So, if you have never donated blood, now would be an ideal time to do so,” the spokesman emphasized.

Again more accidents among recreationists

Chairman of the German Society for Transfusion Medicine and Immunohematology (DGTI) Hubert Schrezenmeier also confirmed significant bottlenecks in the supply of blood products. Consequently, the need is currently greater than the donations. In addition to surgeries that must be compensated, the return of many recreational athletes also leads to more accidents and a greater need for blood supplies.



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