Starting May 1, area hospitals started to resume surgeries that had been postponed to preserve protective supplies like masks and gowns. This resuming of procedures means more blood donations will be used.
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“You could look at the month of April with 80% of our blood drives cancelled. That was not sustainable in a different environment, but with the hospitals just treading water, we kept the status quo,” Mark Pompilio, Community Blood Center marketing manager, said. “So now we’re looking at the fact that things are creeping back up to normal usage. We have to follow suit.”
The blood center is preparing for not only the resuming of more surgeries but also the traditional increase in demand for blood donations during the summer months. There are still unknowns, like whether more people staying at home will mean this summer will have fewer summer car crashes and other injuries that drive up need for blood donations in the summer.
“We have to assume that summer use will increase because it always has in the past,” Pompilio said.
Pompilio said their inventory of blood donations isn’t currently in a dire position and it helps they were able to bank donations while fewer procedures were happening in the weeks prior, but since collections are slow they have to make make sure they use the time they have to stay prepared.
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CBC safeguards against COVID-19 transmission include checking the temperature of donors before entering a blood drive, mandating face masks, and requiring donors to make appointments. If all appointments to a blood drive are filled, donors are asked to please schedule on a different day.
Everyone who registers to donate May 4 through Oct. 31 is automatically entered in a drawing for a Sleep Number bed.
Donors must make an appointment at DonorTime.com or by calling (937) 461-3220. All donors at CBC blood drives must wear a face mask.
• are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name and past donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card;
• must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with parental consent form at givingblood.org or at CBC branch and blood drive locations);
• weigh a minimum of 110 pounds (you may have to weigh more, depending on your height);
• and be in good physical health.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1 (800) 388-GIVE.