COVID-19 Forces 500+ Blood Drive Cancellations
COVID-19 FORCES 500+ LIFESERVE BLOOD DRIVE CANCELLATIONS
13,000 BLOOD DONATIONS LOST
DES MOINES, Iowa (June 12, 2020) – LifeServe Blood Center, the sole provider of blood to more than 120 hospitals across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, is seeking organizations and businesses willing to host summer blood drives to help make up for the thousands of blood donations lost due to COVID-19 related cancellations.
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to now, more than 500 blood drives have been forced to cancel, resulting in the loss of more than 13,000 blood donations. To put things in perspective: a single trauma victim can use fifty units or more during their critical time of need.
“Due to social distancing, many of the schools and businesses that hosted blood drives are now working remotely or disallowing visitors,” explained Reilly Cady, Director of Field Recruitment at LifeServe Blood Center. “While understandable, that’s a big problem for the community blood supply. We’re asking groups that have never hosted a drive or have adequate space available to consider giving a blood drive a try!”
As hospitals and medical centers ramp back up on elective surgeries and summer begins, the need for blood is rising. Prior to COVID-19, LifeServe Blood Center collected 70% of all blood products for local hospitals on bloodmobiles or at inside set-up blood drives in communities across Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
Local businesses and organizations can assist by hosting a blood drive at their location. LifeServe Blood Center has several enhanced COVID-19 precautions in place to ensure the safety of our team members, blood donors, and venues. For more information about hosting a blood drive, please visit 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 our 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, family member or a stranger on the street. YOU make a difference in YOUR community. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.