ASU Staff Council Blood Drive
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Blood donations are down while the need has rebounded...
With communities re-opening from the pandemic, travel resuming and patients seeking previously postponed medical care, Vitalant has less than a needed four-day supply of most blood types to meet patient needs at a moment’s notice. Type O blood is below a two-day supply. Type O is what’s often used in trauma situations, especially type O negative, because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type in an emergency room setting.
Vitalant supplies donated blood to more than 900 hospitals across the U.S., including 62 in Arizona and announced a critical blood shortage recently. The nonprofit organization is urging all eligible donors to make an appointment now to give at any of its 120 donation centers across the country or at a community drive to replenish the blood supply in the coming days and weeks.
“That’s why it’s so important to patient care for generous donors to make an appointment now to give in the coming days or weeks at a donation center or another community blood drive,” said Cliff Numark, Vitalant’s senior vice president of donor services and chief of marketing.
“A drop in donations over any period of time is concerning, but especially right now when the supply is already low,” said Ralph Vassallo, MD, Vitalant’s chief medical and scientific officer. “Blood and platelet donations are needed now and throughout the summer to prevent delays in lifesaving patient care.”