On January 22, 2022, the American Red Cross declared its first-ever Blood Crisis and began to decrease the delivery of blood to health care facilities.1 Due to low donation rates and staffing shortages, other blood suppliers were also experiencing a limited supply of blood products. Because of a potential impact on patient care, a National Task Force was convened comprised of blood bank physicians and administrators, trauma surgeons, experts in disaster planning, and representatives from federal agencies. Although many specialties in medicine utilize blood products to care for their patients, trauma surgeons are uniquely sensitive to perturbations in the blood supply. They rely on the ability to transfuse blood products, often in high volumes emergently. Therefore, the genesis of this group was trauma-focused, but the conclusions and recommendations may be broadly applicable.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine