A message from Regional Medical Center in Manchester:
You may have heard in the news recently about a severe national blood shortage. Unfortunately, this is a scary reality and it is hitting close to home in our community as well. Inventory is currently limited at Regional Medical Center, which is consistent with what other healthcare systems are experiencing as well.
When there isn’t enough blood supply, the reality is that patients may be affected. It means blood may not be available for all patients when it is needed, leading to suboptimal care for some. Shortages are forcing some hospitals to prioritize which patients are in the most critical need for blood. While Regional Medical Center is not yet in this situation, it highlights the great need for each of us to consider giving blood. Please consider what this life-giving gift may mean to someone’s loved ones–their husband, wife, daughter, son, sister, brother, mom, or dad. You never know when you or someone you love may be on the receiving end of the need for a blood donation.
“Currently, we are able to get our emergency supplies filled at 100 percent but our routine inventory allotted to us has been reduced by as much as 50 percent. Nationally, Type O and Type B are in the greatest demand,” shared Haley Acker, RMC Lab Tech Lead. “We ask and encourage you to please schedule a blood donation for an upcoming drive. Sometimes, even if a blood drive says that it is full, they can accommodate a walk-in as not everyone who is scheduled is able to donate. Sometimes their hemoglobin may be too low to donate and this opens up a spot for a walk-in donation.”
Please consider scheduling a blood donation appointment at local drives being held in communities. Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time. Donors are encouraged to give blood every time they are eligible – every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red donations.
Go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 to make your life-saving blood donation appointment.
Below are some of the upcoming American Red Cross drives in surrounding areas:
Berndes Center, Monticello: June 29
Delaware County Fairgrounds, Manchester: June 30
Comfort Inn, Dyersville: July 6
Church of Christ United, Winthrop: July 7
First Presbyterian Church, Independence: July 19
St. Mark’s Parish Center, Edgewood: July 20
Community Plaza, Oelwein: July 23
Delaware County Fairgrounds, Manchester: July 28
photo courtesy of RMC