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Dr. Charles R Drew - Medical Director of first Red Cross Blood Bank 1941

02/11/2022 4:16 PM | Anonymous

Blood transfusion would not be possible without the contributions of Dr. Charles R. Drew, an African American surgeon who became the medical director of the first Red Cross blood bank in 1941. Drew’s research about the storage and shipment of blood plasma proved that blood could be stored for transfusions.

And, if you've ever been to a blood drive in your community, you've seen another of Dr. Drew's innovations at work. He is well known for the introduction of bloodmobiles, which were trucks containing refrigerators to store blood that improved reach and accessibility to potential donors in the community.

During #BlackHistoryMonth, learn more about the impact of Dr. Drew and other Black Americans on the Red Cross at rcblood.org/3swAu8P

The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. The dangerously low blood supply levels have forced some hospitals to defer patients from major surgery, including organ transplants. Your donation is desperately needed. Please schedule a donation appointment today.  https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

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