Banner Health is partnering with the region’s blood bank operator in an effort to restore blood donations, which have significantly dropped during the outbreak of COVID-19 cases, according to a Banner news release on March 24, to avoid supplies “from reaching critically low levels.”
Vitalant leaders say blood donations are still safe, and that the staff takes steps to ensure surfaces are thoroughly disinfected between donors and social distancing protocols are followed to minimize the potential for transmission of the new coronavirus.
Upcoming blood donation events include:
Vitalant asks potential donors to make an appointment on its website online at www.vitalant.org or by calling 877-258-4825 (877-25-VITAL) ahead of the event to prevent crowds from forming. To create a safe and secure environment for patients and health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, visitors are not allowed in Banner hospitals until further notice.
“Our blood collection sites are a ‘first response’ action to this outbreak versus a gathering that needs to be avoided,” Vitalant’s chief medical and scientific officer Ralph Vassallo stated. “If you’re healthy, you’re needed now more than ever. We cannot let it get to the point where there’s no blood available for trauma patients, those undergoing cancer treatment and patients who need regular, ongoing blood transfusions just to survive.”