By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – There is a critical need for blood donations in Pennsylvania at this moment.READ MORE: Teen Arrested In Homewood South Shooting That Injured 4
Pennsylvania’s health leaders and blood banks are calling on eligible donors to step up.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health says the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented many from being able to give blood and it impacted scheduling blood drives.READ MORE: Wolf Administration Warns Of Surge In Student Loan Forgiveness Scams
Leaders say all blood types are needed to save lives.
“Blood donations are a critical and integral part of health care delivery and many people who have major surgeries, or find themselves in traumas, car accidents, natural disasters, or have chronic illnesses may need blood transfusions,” said Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson. “One donation of blood, just one pint, can save up to three lives.”MORE NEWS: Can Kids Be Harmed By Wearing Masks To Protect Against COVID?
Experts have also seen fewer people getting into the field of phlebotomy, leaving many positions open.