Good to the Final Drop: Nationwide Shortage Drives Extra Greensboro Blood Donations | information
Nayia Muhammed inserts a catheter into Vickie Ebright’s arm at the OneBlood mobile donation center during a blood drive recently held at Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts in Greensboro.
Insulated boxes are filled with donated blood, which is kept on ice until it can be returned to a OneBlood facility.
Melissa Hodges has her blood drawn from Nayia Muhammed at the OneBlood mobile donation center.
The OneBlood donation bus advertises during a blood drive held at Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts.
GREENSBORO – A national shortage of donated blood is another by-product of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The extent of this shortage has far-reaching implications, in cities small and large – including Greensboro.
“There is a great need for blood in hospitals today,” said Don Wright, an account representative in the American Red Cross’ donor recruitment division.
The shortage is mainly due to patients who were postponed during the pandemic and showing up in hospitals with advanced illnesses.
And even without a pandemic, people often donate less blood in summer.
“We usually see a lack of blood because the school is down and fewer students donate blood,” said Ashley Gantt, an area reservations manager with the American Red Cross.
And that in a normal year. This year is far from normal.
According to the American Red Cross, the number of trauma and emergency admissions this year is “atypically” high. The teams have given out more blood than expected in the past three months to meet demand.
The shortage is the reason for further donation events. A lot more.
A blood donation campaign took place on Thursday at Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts.