Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the exclusive provider of blood and plasma to patients at more than 40 area healthcare facilities, is urging healthy individuals to continue to donate blood at a CBCO donor center or upcoming mobile blood drive in the region. (Click HERE to find out where to donate.) Maintaining an adequate blood supply is a healthcare imperative and healthy individuals should donate to minimize potential disruptions
During the COVID-19 pandemic, CBCO has lost thousands of scheduled blood donations due to hundreds of mobile blood drives cancelling because of schools and businesses being closed. Considering the fact that we need 200 donations each day to meet the needs of your local hospitals, this is a huge loss. We need local donors to continue to provide for local patients.
If you’re donating blood, platelets, or plasma with anyone in the area besides Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, you’re potentially putting local patients at risk. We are the exclusive provider to all area hospitals, including children’s and veterans hospitals.
Is it safe to donate blood?
Yes, it is safe to donate blood. There have been no cases of anyone being infected with coronavirus through donate blood or receiving donated blood.
CBCO has always taken safety precautions each day as required by the FDA, and additional procedures have been put into place due to the coronavirus situation, including:
- Encouraging non-donating spouses or children who accompany a donor NOT to enter the donor room with the donor.
- Spacing donor beds farther apart.
- Sanitizing equipment according to industry standards.
- Encouraging donors to make appointments so that we may control the flow of donors at our facilities, keeping the number of individuals low.
- Reminding donors to use our Donor QuickPass online before arriving at a blood drive. This allows donors to complete registration and health history using a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and keeps donors from needing to touch CBCO tablets to complete this information.
- As always, please do not attempt to donate blood unless you are feeling well and healthy. If you donate and begin to feel unwell afterwards, please follow the directions on the paperwork you are given at the blood drive and call us.
“Many people are thinking about the coronavirus outbreak and how it may affect their day to day activities in the future,” CBCO Executive Director Anthony Roberts said. “But the fact is that the coronavirus is not known to be transmitted by blood donation or transfusion. Any negative impact that the virus could have would be by people deciding not to keep their regular donation habits intact. Blood is a critical component of our area healthcare system. It’s also a perishable product, meaning that it must be replenished at regular intervals. We’re asking healthy people to give in the same way they always have. It’s important to know that blood donation remains a safe activity that has a real, positive impact on people’s lives.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports no cases of coronavirus transmission through blood, similar to other respiratory coronaviruses like SARS and MERS which also are not known to spread via transfusion.
Find out more information from America’s Blood Centers and AABB at this link: http://www.aabb.org/press/Pages/pr200304.aspx
To find the location/hours of one of our donor centers in Springfield, MO, Joplin, MO, Bentonville, AR, or Springdale, AR, please click HERE.
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