The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank says more than 600 blood drives have been canceled since March resulting in a loss of more than 11,000 blood donations. This same scenario is being played out across the country as the nation is still grappling with the pandemic.
Encouraging both safe and qualified blood donors to make and maintain appointments is becoming ever more relevant. “To keep providing blood, we need people to continue turning out in size.”
That urgent call-to – action that comes from U.S. director Peter Marks, M.D. , Ph.D. The Center for BiologicsEvaluation and Analysis of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as anxiety of the coronavirus, prevents people from trying to donate blood.
The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank notes the shortage of blood brings severe hardship to local clinics, while medical demands remain strong.
Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank is the Midstate’s largest source of blood and blood supplies, which has to procure more than 200 specimens annually to satisfy local medical needs. The blood center is collaborating closely with the agencies of FDA, CDC and local public health to introduce new protective initiatives.
Central Blood Bank of Pennsylvania believes blood donors are more relevant more than ever, because it is the blood on the shelves that saves lives.