- Significant Shortages Impact U.S. Blood Supply
United Blood Services has joined AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross in issuing a critical appeal for blood and platelet donors across the country.
With the nation’s blood supply facing significantly low inventory levels, the blood community encourages individuals throughout the U.S. to schedule an appointment to donate today.
“Maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply is critical to the nation’s public health and a priority for the medical community.” AABB CEO Miriam A. Markowitz said. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.”
Summer is always a challenging time for blood centers to ensure an adequate blood supply due to donors taking vacations and schools being out of session. In the Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico area about 38% of the blood collected comes from high school and college blood drives. Despite the season, the need for blood remains constant and patients continue to depend on the generosity of blood donors to meet that need.
This summer has been especially difficult with the extreme tragedies that have occurred in Orlando, Minnesota and Dallas. Unfortunately, tragedies like this are totally unpredictable and have an impact on the blood supply in the country. Accidents occur more frequently over the summer months adding even more blood usage.
It’s the blood that has already been collected, screened and tested that is used during an emergency and our hospitals need to be prepared for immediate use of blood. After a person donates, it takes anywhere from 24 – 48 hours before the blood can actually be delivered to and used for transfusion in a hospital due to the processing and testing procedures.
The Zika virus restriction has also been a major factor, precluding potential donors from donating for 28 days if they’ve traveled to specific regions affected by this virus. This is huge due to the thousands of people who travel during these hot summer months in areas affected by the Zika virus.
We are hoping for relief on the Zika virus restrictions with volunteer research testing becoming available very soon. We ask that you be pro-active and don’t wait for a tragedy, accidents or other trauma to occur. DONATE TODAY!
Tomorrow begins our summer Battle of the Badges blood drives in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. These blood drives will help avert blood shortages in our communities. Donors can also go to our blood center in Santa Fe at (2801 Rodeo Road in Santa Fe.
Donors will receive acommemorative Battle of the Badges t-shirt for saving lives! (Only at Battle of the Badges blood drives).
Sponsors….KOB, Bank of Albuquerque, United Blood Services
Blood Drives: Daily Locations throughout Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Battle of the Badges Taos/Questa/Penasco
- Taos Town Hall
- 400 Camino De La Placita in, Taos
- Tuesday, July 19 … 1-6 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 20 … 8 a.m. to noon
Battle of the Badges Los Alamos
- First Baptist Church
- 2200 Diamond Dr., in Los Alamos
- Thursday, July 21 … noon to 7 p.m.
- Friday, July 22 … 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Battle of the Badges Edgewood
- Church of Jesus Christ
- 18 Edgewood in Edgewood
- Wednesday, July 27 … 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Plaza Hotel
- 230 Plaza Park in Las Vegas
- Thursday, July 28, … 4-9 p.m.
- Friday, July 29 … 10 to 4 p.m.
About United Blood Services
United Blood Services has been New Mexico’s non-profit community blood provider since 1953 and serves patients in more than 42 area hospitals. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks. For more information on how to find the Hero in You, call 505.246.1457 or 800.333.8037 toll-free or visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org.
For more information on Association of American Blood Bankers, visit www.aabb.org. For more information on America’s Blood Centers, visit www.AmericasBlood.org.