SEVER BLOOD SHORTAGE DUE TO THE CORONA-VIRUS OUTBREAK.
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this corona-virus outbreak.
Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Healthy Individuals are needed NOW to help patients counting on life saving blood.
Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need The Red Cross expects the number of cancellations to continue to increase, which is causing heightened concern for blood collection organizations and hospitals across the country. This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer.
The Red Cross is Committed to Blood Drive Safety -“We understand why people may be hesitant to come out for a blood drive but want to reassure the public that blood donation is a safe process, and that we have put additional precautions in place at our blood drives to protect the health of safety of our donors and staff,” said McGovern.
The Red Cross has implemented new measures to ensure blood the safety for our donors and staff, including:
* Checking the temperature of staff & donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy * Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process * Spacing beds, to follow social distancing practices between blood donors, and * Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment.
At each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees already follow thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection, including: * Changing gloves with each donor * Routinely wiping down donor-touched areas * Using sterile sets for every donation, and * Preparing arm for donation with an aseptic scrub. Blood Donation Process -To donate blood, individuals need to bring a driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.