WAYNE – With several local community blood drives approaching in the month of July, a major call is being made by LifeServe Blood Center.
The non-profit community-based blood supplier in the region is one of hundreds of organizations across the state facing unprecedented and critical staff shortages. These staff shortages and lack of blood donor turnout is causing the blood supply to dip to alarmingly low levels.
The staff shortage is impacting the blood center’s ability to hold mobile blood drives. LifeServe Blood Center is urging individuals to schedule appointments to give blood at their local donor center to boost the blood supply.
The Logan Miller and Brooklyn Kruse Scholarship Blood Drive is on Wednesday, July 7 from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Wayne Fire Hall. Other July Community Blood Drives will be held in Hartington on Monday, July 12; Allen on Monday, July 19; Pender on Tuesday, July 20 and back in Wayne on Wednesday, July 21.
Along with holding numerous on-site mobile blood drives (which represent more than half of the blood collected by the organization), blood collection efforts will be focused at nine donor center locations while LifeServe actively recruit, hire and train new team members.
This unprecedented staffing shortage, coupled with lower-than-normal blood donor turnout, is impacting the blood supply. Donor numbers are lower now than it was during the pandemic and as of Tuesday there was only about a day’s supply of certain blood types available. The normal range is three to five days.
This shortage comes at a high need time of the year. As the nation resumes some level of normalcy with progress in the battle against the pandemic, there is a nationwide blood shortage. Travel, outdoor fun, home improvement projects and other summer activities can all lead to an increase in traumas in local emergency rooms. Many of these patients will require blood transfusions as part of their treatment or recovery. These factors and more have led to a rise both in the number of patients who need blood and an increased need for eligible individuals to donate.
Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.