Declaring a national blood crisis this week for the first time, the American Red Cross says it is facing its worst blood shortage in more than a decade.

Some U.S. hospitals that get their blood supply from the Red Cross say health care workers are having to triage patients for blood transfusions, said Laura McGuire, regional communications manager for the Red Cross’ Wisconsin division.

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