CBC declares blood emergency
Community Blood Center
CBC declares blood emergency
Community Blood Center (CBC) has declared a blood emergency and is asking for community members to donate blood to help replenish the CBC blood supply.
CBC serves numerous area hospitals, including Sabetha Community Hospital, Hiawatha Community Hospital, Holton Community Hospital, Horton Community Hospital, Community Healthcare System in Onaga, Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, and Stormont Vail Health in Topeka.
In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are below that minimum, following a drop in the number of donations in April and May.
These low levels are particularly dangerous leading into summer months, when people are less likely to donate blood as schools go on summer break and families take vacations. The best preparation for life-threatening situations is having blood on hospital shelves in advance.
“While blood donations tend to slow down in the summer months, the need does not,” said David Graham, executive director of CBC. “Right now, supplies are low and we need all those who are able to donate and help ensure that every patient and hospital has access to life-saving blood when they need it.”
People with all blood types are encouraged to donate, especially donors with O negative and B negative blood types. O negative blood donors are considered “universal,” and their blood type is needed most readily in trauma situations and emergency rooms across the country. B negative is a particularly rare blood type.
Community members are encouraged to find time to donate blood at a CBC donor center or convenient mobile blood drive. Companies, organizations, and community groups are also encouraged to host a blood drive this summer to help rebuild the blood stock supply.
In just 60 minutes, you can donate one pint of blood and Save a Life, Right Here, Right Now in your own community. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished. Those in need include cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.
How to help: donate blood or platelets at a donor center; donate at a mobile blood drive; host a blood drive in your community or at your organization; educate others in your family, community, and organization about blood donations, and encourage them to donate themselves and/or host a blood drive; or promote the need for blood donors on social media.
The next Sabetha Community Blood Drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Sabetha City Hall.