The American Red Cross has put out a national appeal for blood. Certain blood types are very low, and Heartland Hospitals are the ones who feel the pressure.
Julie Wengert, blood bank supervisor at Southeast Hospital says, "Red Cross for the past three weeks, only had a half day supply of O-negative and we have felt that."
People sitting down for a few minutes to donate, is the image all of us have of giving blood. But lab workers at Southeast Hospital's blood bank have a different image. They're the ones who get the blood from the Red Cross after it's donated and tested. They're also the people who feel the pressure when donations are down. "If we have a surgical patient who requires a lot of blood or a trauma it can be 50 to 60 units a day," Wengert says.