Ohio EMS Calls on Ohioans to Give the Gift of Blood During This Holiday Season


For Immediate Release: December 17, 2021

Ohio EMS Calls on Ohioans to Give the Gift of Blood During This Holiday Season

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – The State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services (EMFTS) is sharing blood shortage information to raise awareness and call on Ohioans to consider donating blood.

“Historically, the holiday season is a challenging time to get people to donate blood,” said Ohio Division of EMS Executive Director Rob Wagoner. “Donating blood is often the last thing on people’s minds this time of year, but without a rise in donations some patients may not be able to receive life-saving infusions of blood and blood products. Please consider donating blood as one of your holiday gifts.”

The EMFTS received concerns of the critical blood shortage in Ohio at a recent board meeting. The current blood shortage has been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, decreased blood donations, and an increased usage of blood and blood products to treat an increasing number of trauma cases. Many hospitals and blood collection facilities are also experiencing staffing challenges due to illness and quarantine requirements, which further adds to the challenges of blood collection in these times.

Those interested in donating blood can contact any blood collection agency in their area to learn of the specific blood donation process and requirements established. 

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For additional information, contact:

Lindsey Bohrer, (614) 752-6585