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Kansas City's Lack Of Blood Donors Is Part Of National Shortage

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Blood donor's arm resting on an armrest with a blood pressure cuff on, the withdrawal needle is taped to the arm and the hand holds a plastic cylinder for squeezing.
LuAnn Hunt

Not all those who stopped donating during the pandemic at the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City have returned.

The blood center supplies about 95% of the hospitals in Missouri and Kansas and needs 600 donations a day to keep up with demand. Hospitals have seen a rise in trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries, prompting a national blood shortage. When it comes to fulfilling requests from out of the region, "There's no blood left to share," says Chelsey Smith of The Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City.

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