Regionally, Miller-Keystone Blood Center has had over 360 blood drive cancellations, resulting in the loss of more than 9,100 blood donations (as of 4/29/2020).
This week, WGOLV, What’s going on in the Lehigh Valley is joining together with Miller Keystone Blood Center to encourage those in our community to give blood. WGOLV is hosing blood drives May 20 through Saturday, May 23.
Giving blood makes a difference in our community!
- Regional hospitals are expected to resume elective surgeries. In March 2020, our community hospitals postponed elective surgeries as their facilities dealt with the impact of COVID-19. On April 27, the Pennsylvania Department of Health released guidance to provide a process for hospitals and ambulatory surgery facilities to resume elective surgeries, procedures and admissions. In the coming weeks, our regional hospitals will be resuming elective surgeries, such as knee or hip replacements. As these events resume, the need for red cells, platelets and plasma by our regional hospitals will increase. It is critical that individuals in the community donate blood in order to meet the transfusion needs of our regional hospitals. The need for blood never ends, but the supply certainly can if there are not enough blood donors. Blood is perishable and there is NO substitute – the only source is the volunteer blood donor. Platelets have a 5 day shelf life and are very difficult to keep available. Red blood cells have a 42 day shelf life but are quickly used up especially if there is no one available to replenish the supply.
- There are no on-site bloodmobile drives taking place at this time, all donations are taking place at Miller-Keystone Blood Center’s six (6) regional Donor Center locations. Miller-Keystone Blood Center has expanded the hours at their donor centers to accommodate the ongoing transfusion needs of our regional hospitals. Hours at MKBC’s Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Pittston & Reading donor centers have been expanded to provide more convenient opportunities for individuals to donate, and MKBC’s Trenton donor center maintains its regular operating hours.
- Going to a blood center is safe. The Blood Center honors the necessary “social distancing” recommendations, and while walk-in donations are typically welcome and appreciated as time permits, we have temporarily implemented an appointment-only policy.
- All Blood Center equipment is decontaminated between uses, and everything that touches blood is sterile and disposable (including blood bags, needles and test tubes). All signature pads, tables and tablets are sanitized/disinfected between use, and Blood Center staff are wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) according to regulatory requirements (including gloves and face shields).
- In addition, we recommend that donors complete their medical screening online prior to arriving for their scheduled appointment, and that they bring and wear a mask during their donation.
WGOLV sponsoring blood drives this week!
- Sponsoring Organization: What’s Going on in the Lehigh Valley
- Dates: Wednesday, May 20; Thursday, May 21; Friday, May 22; and Saturday, May 23
Bethlehem – Wednesday 8Am – 7PM, Thursday 8AM-5PM, Friday 6:30AM-4PM, Saturday 6:30AM – 1:00PM
Allentown – same hours
Additional information can be found at: https://www.giveapint.org/covid19/
I hope you are able to get out this week and donate.
Our community needs your help to save lives.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or
go to the following link on MKBC web site: https://www.giveapint.org/covid19/