By Danielle West
LifeServe Blood Center
2020 hasn’t started out like anyone expected, but with summer here there are several things to look forward to: sunshine, outdoor fun, and hopefully a continual flattening of the COVID-19 curve. It’s not all warm weather vibes, though. Unfortunately summer also brings an influx of traumas to area hospitals. Memorial Day was the start of what several of our medical partners have referred to as “trauma season” due to the high amount of automobile crashes, falls, and other accidents that occur in the summer.
This spring, our team adapted to a new normal as the novel coronavirus arrived in America. Schools and businesses moved to remote workspaces, leaving no one on campus to support a blood drive. 500+ blood drives were cancelled and 13,000 blood donations fell off of our collection calendar. Blood was still required, and LifeServers stepped up to provide it. Governors in our three states declared blood donation an essential function of the healthcare system and we were exempt from recommendations that gatherings of more than 10 be cancelled.
LifeServe is currently seeking organizations and businesses willing to host summer blood drives to help make up for the thousands of blood donations lost due to COVID-19 related cancellations.
LifeServe Blood Center, the sole provider of blood to more than 120 hospitals across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, is ramping our blood collection back up to make sure there’s plenty of blood on the shelf for anyone who might need it. Whether that’s a trauma victim, premature baby, transplant recipient, or cancer patient, we’re working hard to provide that lifesaving liquid. One in seven people admitted to a hospital will need a transfusion as part of treatment. Blood can’t be created in a lab and there’s no substitute for it, so when one of your neighbors is in need, it’s you we’re relying on!
It’s not just big national events that should drive people to give blood. Every day someone from your community relies on a donated unit of blood as a part of treatment or to save their life. Local businesses and organizations can assist by hosting a blood drive at their location. LifeServe Blood Center has several enhanced COVID-19 precautions in place to ensure the safety of our team members, blood donors, and venues. For more information about hosting a blood drive, please visit lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.
We’re seeking steady blood donations to get us through this week, this month, and this summer. Blood donated with LifeServe will help your neighbors in local hospitals during their critical time of need. Like most summers, we’re forecasting a critical need of several blood types.
As a bonus – we’re offering our special summer Be Wild shirts and tank tops in the online store for summer donors! Your blood donation will earn you points to put toward redeeming that limited edition design. This promotion will run through Labor Day or while supplies last.
We’ve still got safety on the mind – always have, and always will! To help ensure the safety of our team members and other blood donors during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are enforcing the following precautionary measures:
- Appointments are required. Donors who do not have appointments will not be able to give blood.
- We are asking that blood donors pre-screen themselves for fever prior to appointments. Only donors with temperatures under 99.5 will be allowed to donate. If your temperature is higher than 99.5, please reschedule here or by calling us at 800.287.4903.
- Blood donors are required to wear a mask for the duration of their appointment. If you do not have a mask, we will provide you one.
- Click here to see a full list of precautions we’re taking during the COVID-19 pandemic.