American Red Cross fights against blood donation shortage

American Red Cross fights against blood donation shortage

Due to the coronavirus, 600,000 blood drives nationwide have been canceled. This has created a shortage of blood for the health care industry. Michele Averill, CEO for the Central Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross, says the estimated loss from these cancellations is 200,000 units of blood and just one unit of blood can save up to three lives.”We understand we have the coronavirus and all of that going on, but we still have patients that are going through cancer treatment or people that are getting into car accidents. The need for blood is always constant,” explained Averill.The demand for blood is higher now than ever, which is why the American Red Cross in Santa Cruz County is holding emergency drives so people can donate.”I know it’s important because here’s a limited supply, and people are going to continue needing it regardless of what outbreak we have,” said Santa Cruz resident Noah Best.Some donated for the first time.”I just thought it was an important thing to do, a way that I can help. Of course, with the virus going around, I was a little hesitant at first. But the more I investigated, the more I realized it’s just an important thing to do right now,” said Seaside resident Kara Hall.Also important is to keep blood donors healthy.”When you come into the drive, we’re going to take your temperature. We’re taking every precaution to make sure that the areas are sanitized,” expressed Averill. “We’re wiping down counters, we’re wiping down all the patient areas with a hospital-grade disinfectant and we’re doing everything we can to ensure your safety.”Volunteers say the response has inspired them.”Hearing that so many people are just staying home and not doing anything. Everybody’s a little nervous about what’s going on. I was actually really surprised on how many people were actually taking the step to go outside the door,” said American Red Cross volunteer Cherie Robideaux. “I’m very proud and very excited that all these people are helping us out.”More blood drives are just around the corner. Averill says it’s best to sign up for an appointment online. She says the Red Cross accepts walk-ins but people who have signed up will get first priority.For more information on future blood drives and how to sign up, you can visit the American Red Cross website.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —

Due to the coronavirus, 600,000 blood drives nationwide have been canceled. This has created a shortage of blood for the health care industry. Michele Averill, CEO for the Central Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross, says the estimated loss from these cancellations is 200,000 units of blood and just one unit of blood can save up to three lives.

“We understand we have the coronavirus and all of that going on, but we still have patients that are going through cancer treatment or people that are getting into car accidents. The need for blood is always constant,” explained Averill.

The demand for blood is higher now than ever, which is why the American Red Cross in Santa Cruz County is holding emergency drives so people can donate.

“I know it’s important because here’s a limited supply, and people are going to continue needing it regardless of what outbreak we have,” said Santa Cruz resident Noah Best.

Some donated for the first time.

“I just thought it was an important thing to do, a way that I can help. Of course, with the virus going around, I was a little hesitant at first. But the more I investigated, the more I realized it’s just an important thing to do right now,” said Seaside resident Kara Hall.

Also important is to keep blood donors healthy.

“When you come into the drive, we’re going to take your temperature. We’re taking every precaution to make sure that the areas are sanitized,” expressed Averill. “We’re wiping down counters, we’re wiping down all the patient areas with a hospital-grade disinfectant and we’re doing everything we can to ensure your safety.”

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