LifeShare: Critically Low Blood Supply
To: Hospital Administrators, Laboratory Medical Directors, Staff Physicians, Blood Bank and Nursing personnel
RE: Critically Low Blood Supply
Due to the extraordinary actions initiated by local, state, and federal agencies in the effort to limit the impact of the COVID-19 Virus, LifeShare Blood Center is currently experiencing a severe shortage of all blood types, especially type O. A significant portion of mobile blood drives have been postponed, with moderate to large donor groups unable to commit to new collection dates. Attempts to import additional red cells have been unsuccessful, as most blood centers across the nation are experiencing similar difficulties.
Unfortunately, we are unable to completely fill most blood orders at this time. Low inventory levels may require the postponement of elective procedures at your facility.
Until collections improve, we need your help. Please ask your administration to contact the local media concerning the need for blood donations. Assisting in the recruitment of patients’ family and friends for blood replacement will help stabilize the inventory until collections improve.
Blood donation is not a mass gathering or social event. All blood collection facilities follow industry mandated infection control standards for donor rooms and mobile buses, which includes sanitation of donor waiting areas and all donation equipment. Personal protection equipment is used by staff during donation activities.
Individuals who are healthy and eligible to donate are strongly encouraged to do so in order to maintain an available blood supply. Please ask eligible donors to contact LifeShare Blood Center at (800) 256-5433 or www.lifeshare.org/donation-centers for center locations and times.
With your assistance, delays in patient care may be avoided.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Tim G. Peterson, M.D.