Update: National blood shortage

February 14, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Last month, The Red Cross declared the first-ever national blood supply crisis. Since there is now a state and national shortage of blood, Michigan Medicine is developing a dashboard to track blood levels and exploring systems to prevent waste.

At this time, there is no critical impact to patient care at Michigan Medicine. However, all providers are asked to follow existing guidelines and be mindful of proper blood usage. 

How you can help

Due to the shortage, the need for additional blood supply is still high. Please considering donating blood and encouraging friends and family to donate at an upcoming blood drive.

Upcoming drives on campus include:

  • Feb. 15: Towsley Lobby, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 16: Towsley Lobby, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 17: Ann Arbor Red Cross Donor Center, Donor Room, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Feb. 22: Towsley Dining Room, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 23: Arbor Lakes Dome, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • March 16: Towsley Lobby, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • March 17: Towsley Lobby, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • March 22: NCRC Dining Room, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • April 6: KMS 700, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, log onto redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: goblue) or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome as space permits, though appointments will be given priority. Please bring a photo ID with you to the drive.

The Red Cross has also set up a great website with details about their COVID-19 precautions and policies.

Please click here to review frequently asked questions.