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The sudden health crisis has brought about sudden worldwide uncertainty and lifestyle changes for all of us. Society is now encouraged to participate in social distancing and self-quarantine to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. One aspect that has not changed is the need for blood donations. Recently, it was brought to the attention of many Americans that there is a severe need for blood donations. This urgent need for blood donations has been stated by The American Red Cross as well as echoed by the United States Surgeon General. The American Red Cross SleevesUp campaign allows for each UHC C&S employee to aid in decreasing the current shortage while remaining socially distant at the same time. I encourage each of my co-workers to help reduce the urgent need by participating in this virtual blood drive.

Red Cross Donation Safety Protocols

Posted on: May 19, 2020

At each blood drive or donation center, Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols, including:
• Wearing gloves and changing them often
• Wiping down donor-touched areas after every collection
• Using sterile collection sets for every donation
• Preparing the arm for donation with aseptic scrub
• Conducting donor mini-physicals to ensure donors are healthy and well on day of donation
The Red Cross has also increased vigilance concerning some of safety protocols including:
• Enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment
• Providing hand sanitizer for use before entering and throughout the donation appointment
• Temperature checks before presenting donors enter the blood drive or donation center
• Following social distancing practices between donors including donor beds, as well as waiting and refreshment areas
• During this time, blankets typically used by platelet, Power Red and AB Elite donors at Red Cross blood donation centers will be laundered after each use, which may limit the availability. Donors are encouraged to bring their own blankets, but electric blankets and heating pads are not permitted.
• Staff wearing basic face masks
• For the safety of our donor community and in accordance with CDC guidelines, all donors are required to wear a face covering or mask. Please bring a face covering or mask to your donation. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided to you.
Finally, only eligible and healthy people are allowed to give blood.
These mitigation measures will help ensure blood recipient safety, as well as staff and donor safety in reducing contact with those who may potentially have this respiratory infection.

COVID-19 Safety

Posted on: May 6, 2020

COVID-19 INFO: Donating blood products is essential to community health and eligible donors are encouraged to donate during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. Learn more.

For the safety of our donor community and in accordance with CDC guidelines, all donors are required to wear a face covering or mask. Please bring one to your donation. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided to you.

Thanks for your ongoing support of patients in need.

Thanks for your ongoing support of patients in need.

Tammy Arotzarena

Posted on: May 6, 2020

Thank you and kudos to Tammy! Tammy recently donated Platelets and Plasma. She has also learned that her April donation went to a Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

Judith donating!

Posted on: April 15, 2020

Molly donating :)

Posted on: April 13, 2020

What your donors are up to...

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