A blood shortage of 50,000 pints announced by the American Red Cross points to the need for a healthy blood supplies market and more private contractors than just the ARC, which is subject to such shortages. The blood supplies for the American Red Cross have reached emergency levels. The Red Cross said blood donations were down in June, and it is urging all eligible donors to give blood. Donors have to be in good health, at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds to be eligible for blood donation.his shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand
According to Kalorama Information's report, the ARC controls 44% of the nation's blood supply. But a shortage in its operations can have dramatic impact nationally.
Kalorama's report on blood markets tackles this topic and projects markets and market share: Blood: The Worldwide Market for Blood Products, Blood Testing, Blood Equipment and Synthetic Blood Products.