Good to the Final Drop: Nationwide Shortage Drives Extra Greensboro Blood Donations | Native
Nayia Muhammed inserts a catheter into Vickie Ebright’s arm at OneBlood’s mobile donation center during a blood drive at Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts in Greensboro on Thursday. Hospitals across the country are facing shortages of donated blood.
Insulated boxes will be filled with donated blood, which will be kept on ice until it can be returned to a OneBlood facility during a blood drive held Thursday.
Melissa Hodges has her blood drawn from Nayia Muhammed at the OneBlood mobile donation center during a blood drive hosted by Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts on Thursday.
The OneBlood Donation Bus is promoting donations during the blood drive held at Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts in Greensboro on Thursday.
Melissa Hodges has her blood drawn from Nayia Muhammed at the OneBlood mobile donation center, while a blood drive will be held on Thursday 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 towns and cities – 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 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.
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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 fundraising events. A lot more.
A blood donation campaign took place on Thursday at Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts.