Confronting the current blood supply shortage – Part 1

In normal times in this country, only three percent of the population donates blood. Yet, the pandemic has worsened the situation even more, causing donor fatigue and lack of supply. In addition, more stringent guidelines have reduced the number of donors as well. On this episode, beginning a three-part series, we discuss the causes and effects of a shrinking blood supply and how to face this challenge.


Guest speaker:

Akiva Faerber

Senior Principal




Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM


Clinical Operations and Quality



Show Notes:

[00:52] A grim situation

[02:26] Effect from an increased number of tests and guidelines

[03:41] Recruiting donors

[06:10] Changing clinical practice on use of blood

[07:50] Restrictive vs liberal blood use policies

[08:46] Vizient data to guide blood management


Links | Resources:

To contact Modern Practice:

Akiva Faerber’s contact email:

Conservation of Blood Products (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center) Click here

Severe Blood Shortage (American Red Cross web page) Click here


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