How the Red Cross Manages America’s Blood Supply

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by Gordon Williams

Pictures by Gordon Williams

The Red Cross relies on many skills in carrying out its mission:  disaster responders and first aid teachers, mass care workers and water safety instructors. But did you know that in fulfilling one critical element of its mission, the Red Cross  relies on trained medical technicians known as phlebologists? Continue reading

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Hospital Patients Rely on Lifesaving Blood Every Day – But How Does it Get There?

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The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of our nation’s blood to hospitals where patients are in desperate need. Most of us are familiar with Red Cross blood drives, but the donation is just the beginning of the journey. Once it is tested and properly stored, we then have to deliver the donated blood, plasma or platelets to those who need it, when they need it. Our volunteer Biomedical Transportation Specialists provide this essential service. Continue reading