Kansas City's Lack Of Blood Donors Is Part Of National Shortage
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.
- Chelsey Smith, Outreach & Communications Coordinator, The Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City
- Dr. Sean Kumer, Surgeon & Physician VP of Peri-Operative Services, University of Kansas Health System