Published in Hepatitis Weekly, January 21st, 2002
Most of the Red Cross' 36 regional blood centers have half their normal supply of blood platelets for this time of year, officials said. Blood platelets, which are used to help stop bleeding in cancer patients, spoil after five days.
Blood and platelet supplies are typically low during the holiday season, with Americans on vacation or busy shopping.
But platelet levels were unusually low, with 32 regions having only about a half-day supply, said Susan Kluesner, a spokeswoman for the St. Paul,...
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