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Red Cross declares emergency blood shortage, offers Super Bowl tickets as incentive

The American Red Cross announced this week it is facing an emergency blood shortage as it experiences the lowest number of people giving blood in the last 20 years, according to its news release. The Red Cross is the nation's largest blood supplier.

Blood and platelet donations are immediately needed to help alleviate the shortage and enable lifesaving medical procedures to proceed without delay, a Sunday, Jan. 7 news release from the Red Cross said.

"One of the most distressing situations for a doctor is to have a hospital full of patients and an empty refrigerator without any bloods products," said Dr. Pampee Young, Red Cross chief medical officer, according to the news release.


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