WAYNE – Severe weather continued to wreak havoc across multiple regions in the United States resulting in numerous blood drive cancellations and significantly decreased blood product collections.
According to a release from LifeServe Blood Center, LifeServe along with the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism, is urging eligible blood donors in parts of the United States unaffected by the storm to schedule blood donation appointments as soon as possible and to keep existing appointments.
This situation is expected to continue for at least several more days. Multiple blood centers across the country, in particular Texas where blood center operations have been suspended for multiple days, are in immediate need of blood products to sustain operations and support their customers.
LifeServe Blood Center has already sent blood products to blood centers located in southern areas of the country that are struggling to collect. One of LifeServe Blood Center’s goals is to make sure the community blood supply is strong enough that when other centers call for aid, LifeServe can answer. Unfortunately, the winter weather locally has deflated the community blood supply. LifeServe Blood Center is in need of both blood and platelet donations.
Blood collection organizations anticipate donation disruptions in winter weather affected areas throughout the next couple of weeks. This disruption may particularly affect the supply of platelets, which have a limited shelf life of just five days. Donations are being sought now to ensure hospital patients will continue to have access to a readily available blood supply throughout the storm and its aftermath.
Plan on giving the gift of live during the Wayne Community Blood Drive this Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. One blood donation can impact three lives.
To help ensure the safety of blood donors and team members during this COVID-19 pandemic, LifeServe is enforcing several precautionary measures. Appointments are required. Donors who do not have an appointment will not be able to give blood. Blood donors should pre-screen themselves for fever prior to appointments. Only donors with temperatures under 99.5 will be allowed to donate. Blood donors are required to wear a mask for the duration of their appointment. Donors who do not have masks will be provided with one.
The Wayne Community Blood Drive will be held at the Wayne Fire Hall, located at 510 Tomar Drive. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.
LifeServe Blood Center is a non-profit, community-based blood center that has served the needs of local hospitals and patients in their regions since 1963. As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Your donation with LifeServe will help save your neighbor, a friend or family member or a stranger on the street.