December 1, 2014
Proposal: Safety First Blood Services Improvement Plan
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that strives to help people in need by providing lifesaving support and resources. The Red Cross was founded in 1881 and since then its operations have provided care for emergency and disaster relief to anyone in need (American Red Cross). The Red Cross is also passionate in supporting military relief efforts and deploying lifesaving blood services for collecting and distributing blood supply. The Red Cross extends its leadership in emergency responsiveness and safety throughout the nation and on a global level with the mission to proactively prevent disease, promote safety values, and empower volunteers and donors for blood and fund support.
The Safety First Blood Services Improvement proposal covers improvements in communication and blood scanning systems, upgraded donation site equipment and sanitation access, maintenance and monitoring of the collection, blood storage, and distribution process. The proposal purpose is to protect life, health, and increase abilities to properly alleviate human suffering.
The American Red Cross was created in 1981 by Clara Barton (American Red Cross). The Red Cross gained its congressional charter in 1900 which solidified the organization’s federal authority. The American Red Cross services people in communities nationally and abroad. The five major service areas cover international responsiveness, emergency preparedness, disaster relief, blood collection services, and assisting military troops and families (American Red Cross). The American Red Cross provides blood for transfusions during emergencies, natural disasters, and medical procedures. When natural disasters occur, the need for blood is immediate and usually overwhelming. The Red Cross provides blood for patients in approximately 2,700 hospitals across the U.S. including approximately 40% of...