The letters you see missing here may not seem like a big deal. But the letters A, B and O make up our main blood groups. And for a patient in the hospital needing blood, it’s everything.
Only 3 out of 100 Americans donate blood, yet every two seconds someone needs it. Fewer people are donating blood to help patients. You can change that by joining the international Missing Types movement and fill in the missing blood types.
I work in a hospital as a PA on an inpatient pulmonary service and we routinely order blood for our patients. Right now, I’ve been getting alot of emails to order blood judiciously as the amount of blood is very low, particularly type O. Blood donation rates have been very low in the setting of COVID. (Quick aside- the DFW area relies on blood drives in high school and college campuses among other areas quite a bit- and those obviously aren’t happening given virtual classes and pandemic precautions.)
I immediately thought of the generosity of my Pave ladies- I think this is a challenge we can conquer! Blood donations are missing some PAVE love <3
Pave hasnt been able to do much in the way of volunteering as we have in the past due to the pandemic unfortunately, but this is community engagement that can make a big difference right now!
I gave blood with ARC a little while ago and felt it was very COVID safe.
Here is some more info- https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/eligibility-requirements.html
COVID specific info- https://www.redcrossblood.org/faq.html#donating-blood-coronavirus–covid-19-
During other times, I would have wanted one of big group drives, but trying to keep it COVID safe and also extend it to anyone outside of the DFW area.
#pavesleevesup if you want to post a donation selfie!!