Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The American Red Cross says its blood donation center in Wichita is running low on some necessary supplies.
The center needs about 500 pints of blood daily to meet the needs of the 100 hospitals it serves in Kansas and northern Oklahoma. About 30 of those pints are collected at the center. The rest come from
statewide mobile drives.
Wichita's center is running very low on whole blood and platelets. Nationally and locally, Red Cross blood supplies hit a 12-year low last summer. The Wichita center is about 12 percent below its need and is on track to come up 12,000 pints short for the year.
The shortage has led the Wichita center to expand its Saturday hours this month.