Northern Michigan Hospitals: Blood Supplies 84% Lower Than Usual

Northern Michigan hospitals have a shortage of a critical resource.

Northern Michigan hospitals say their blood supplies are 84% lower than usual.

Blood is a crucial part of any hospitals inventory.

It’s used in almost every service hospitals provide from OB units to the operating room.

Spectrum health hospital in Big Rapids says the late spring played a small role in getting people out to blood drives and donating.

They also say in the case of trauma emergencies it’s important to have a supply of blood on hand.

“The importance of people coming to blood drives especially if they have a rare blood type, that’s especially helpful to people who can only have a certain blood type. And in traumas it’s really important to make sure that we have that amount of blood and also have those rare types that we can give people to save their life,” said Director of Nursing at Spectrum Health Hospital Big Rapids, Erin Griffes.

We’ve provided a full list of Blood Drive locations below:

Tuesday, July 16 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church,108 Church St., Tustin.

Thursday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chapel of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 9407 90th, Mecosta.

Monday, July 22 from noon to 5 p.m. at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Professional Office Building, 705 Oak St., Suite 5, Door A, Big Rapids.

Tuesday, July 23 from 8 a.m. to noon at Munson Healthcare Cadillac, 400 Hobart Street, Cadillac.

Monday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. at Spectrum Health Canadian Lakes Family Medicine, 8354 100th Avenue, 1st Floor, Suite 2, Canadian Lakes.

Tuesday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital Blood Bus, 300 N. Patterson Rd., Reed City.

Wednesday, July 31 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library, 117 W. Williams St., Howard City.