Fewer blood drives and greater hospital demand fueling the need for blood donors of all blood types
The fluctuation of the community blood supply and a strong hospital demand have created a critically low and unstable situation. Initially brought on by thousands of blood drive cancelations with the “shelter in place” orders, Carter BloodCare’s challenge continues with fewer donors participating at the blood drives that do remain as well as at our community donor centers.
Blood programs nationwide are reporting dangerous declines in blood collections brought on by COVID-19 closures and aggravated by weather challenges and wildfires in western states.
This news comes as the cases of COVID-19 are surging locally and across the country; and flu season is here. Hospital orders are rising, as medical facilities resume normal surgical schedules and patients require blood transfusions. Carter BloodCare is urging all eligible blood donors to make and keep an appointment to donate blood now.
Appointments can be made by texting or calling 800-366-2834 or going online to carterbloodcare.org.
It is important to remember that blood has a shelf life and that it cannot be manufactured. Blood can only come from individuals who are willing and able to help keep our community prepared for whatever 2020 has in store.