HHS takes steps to encourage blood donation

In response to the national blood shortage, Health and Human Services (HHS) released resources this week to encourage blood and plasma donations. An overview of the process explains the differences between blood and plasma donation. Individual pages on blood donation and plasma donation include step-by-step instructions on how to make a donation, as well as information on eligibility and potential side effects and what to do about them. Hospitals and health systems are encouraged to share these resources with their staff and community.