DMHS blood drive going on now

Blood still being rationed

With the severe shortage of blood affecting hospitals in southeast Arkansas, Drew Memorial Health Systems and LifeShare Blood Center are holding a blood drive today from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the DMHS Oncology Center.

Earlier this summer LifeShare issued a statement calling the critical blood shortage an emergency stating LifeShare is currently unable to fill hospital orders and is rationing blood, in a news release.

“Hospitals may ask us for 20 units, but they only get 10. We can’t send what we don’t have. We consider an adequate blood supply to be about a 3-5 day supply of red blood cells. This weekend we had as little as an 8 hour supply of some blood type,” says Sr. Director of Blood Operations Benjamin Prijatel.

While most people won't be effected, or even notice the shortage, those who need blood and families with loved ones who rely on blood donations will.

“Unfortunately, for many people, it is a problem you don’t realize exists unless you have a friend or family member in the hospital whose treatment is delayed or postponed because blood is not available,” says LifeShare Regional Director Bobby Carney.

LifeShare is currently unable to fill hospital orders and is rationing blood.

“Hospitals may ask us for 20 units, but they only get 10. We can’t send what we don’t have. We consider an adequate blood supply to be about a 3-5 day supply of red blood cells. This weekend we had as little as an 8 hour supply of some blood type,” says Sr. Director of Blood Operations Benjamin Prijatel.

Hospitals are echoing the concern as the crisis reaches a point where patient care is being affected.

According to LifeShare, hospitals and blood banks are dependent on the donations of blood from the communities they serve. Please consider going to DMHS today to donate blood. If unable to give blood, spreading the word and encouraging those who can is a way to still help with the current crisis.

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