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US has biggest blood shortage since war

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6926.431 (Published 12 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:431
  1. J Roberts,
  2. L Byrne

    Nature, technology, and irrational fear have combined to create the greatest shortage of blood in the US since the second world war. A spokeswoman from the American Association of Blood Banks, which represents 2400 blood banks including the American Red Cross, said that demand for blood had risen beyond expectations while the supply had shrunk.

    About 40 cities across 21 states have postponed elective operations because blood banks have less than a day's supply of blood for transfusion on reserve. Blood banks in the US usually aim …

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