Why are there blood shortages? - LifeSource


LifeSource strives to maintain an optimum inventory level of seven days. For various reasons, including the unpredictable demands from trauma incidents, the blood inventory fluctuates hourly.

Residents of our area are the beneficiaries of a first-rate health care system that relies on an adequate blood supply. Low blood inventory levels can potentially disrupt the delivery of health care and affect patient treatment.

With less than three percent of the Chicagoland population donating blood, it’s a challenge to meet the heavy blood product demand. LifeSource must import blood to meet the demand of area patients; if every eligible donor donated twice a year, LifeSource would be self-sufficient.

Posted in: Donate Blood