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Red Cross Blood Drive
April 1 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, there is a critical need for blood. Your help is needed now more than ever!
- The Red Cross urgently needs blood drives to run as planned and blood donors of all blood types, to give now and help prevent a blood shortage.
- Right now, many in our community are focused on preparedness, and part of that preparedness includes a readily, available blood supply for hospital patients.
- Cold and flu season has already impacted the nation’s blood supply. As the number of COVID-19 cases grow, fewer people may be eligible to help sustain the blood supply for patients. The need for blood is constant, and donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions.
- The top priority of the American Red Cross is safety – for our valued volunteers, employees, donors, blood program leaders and patients.
- As a reminder, the Red Cross only collects blood from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation. Donating blood does not impact or weaken the immune system.
- At each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols including wearing gloves, routinely wiping down donor-touched areas, using sterile collection sets for every donation, and preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub.
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In addition to our standard procedures, you will notice the following at your local blood drive:
Pre-Donation Donor Temperature Screening
- All donors will be asked to have their temperature taken before being permitted into the blood drive.
- If a donor has a temperature greater than 99.5°F they will be asked to come back to donate when they are healthy and will be asked to leave the drive.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at check-in, health history and refreshment areas.
- Blood donors will be asked to use hand sanitizer prior to using tablets and laptops.
- Donor beds will be sanitized between every donor.
- Implementation of separated drive set up to allow as much distance as possible between donors.
Staff Wellness and Protection
- All staff members will have a temperature check before presenting to work, and they’ve been asked not to come to work if they are feeling sick.
- Staff will wear gloves throughout entire blood drive, changing gloves between every donor.
Increased Educational Materials
- Donor educational materials on COVID-19.
- Stop sign at entrances to avert ineligible donors from presenting.
Furthermore, Red Cross employees are trained in universal precautions to help prevent the spread of any type of infection. These mitigation measures will help ensure blood recipient safety, as well as staff and donor safety in reducing contact with those who may potentially have this respiratory infection.