Red Cross winter blood shortage reaches critical level
More than 550 blood drives were forced to cancel due to winter weather in January, which caused more than 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected through last week. In the Red Cross Tennessee Valley blood services region, which includes Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky, 54 blood drives were forced to cancel due to winter weather this month, causing 1,470 donations to go uncollected. In addition, bitter cold and widespread flu have contributed to low turnout at many blood drives.
Updated Feb 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM