Nationwide Shortage of Vacutainer® Blood Collection Tubes and Group O-Positive Blood Shortage at NM
September 24, 2021 | 1 min. to read
There is a nationwide shortage of nearly all types of blood collection tubes used across Northwestern Medicine. The shortage is expected to last through the first quarter of 2022.
The existing and future limited stocks of all blood collection tubes need to be used sparingly and judiciously. As the most important conservation measure, order only those tests essential for patient care.
Additionally, there is an ongoing nationwide shortage of group O red blood cell (RBC) supplies, particularly O-positive. As a result, the NM O-positive RBC inventory is significantly lower than normal. Versiti Blood Centers of Illinois, NM's blood supplier, does not anticipate significant improvement for the remainder of this year.