Iowa suffers shortage of blood supply to donor centers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) – Some Cedar Rapids donor centers are experiencing a shortage of blood donations. Blood and platelet donations at a Cedar Rapids donor center have dropped from about 30 a day to about half on some days.

The lack of widespread awareness through blood drives and the disruption of routines caused by the pandemic may have had a crippling effect on this number of donations.

Lisa Sparrow is the Donor Relations Manager at ImpactLife.

“There for a while people were starting to venture out again. And now that things are getting a bit more restricted in some areas, they may feel like it’s safer to stay at home. . A blood drive or the donation center is one of the safest places you can be. We have many criteria that you must meet to be a blood donor and to be in the facility, ”he said. Sparrow said.

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Dave Gansen is a resident of Marion who has donated blood and platelets once or twice a month for 25 years, even during the pandemic.

“I was actually nervous about giving with COVID and I was like, ‘There are going to be enough other nervous people, you know, I better put on my big boy pants and put him on. do, “said Gansen.

Sparrow says this center typically needs a 5-day supply of each type of blood and platelets to meet demand from hospitals – which she says is increasing for trauma and mass transfusion protocols. .

“We are working very hard to avoid a shortage right now. We are more concerned about red blood cells and O positive and O negative platelets. we’re about a 1-2 day supply, which is concerning, ”Sparrow said.

September is Childhood Cancer and Sickle Cell Awareness Month. These patients depend on donated blood and platelets.

For those who wish to donate blood, all you need is a photo ID, a mask, and about 45 minutes to an hour of your time.

ImpactLife is a donor center with locations in Iowa City, Dubuque and two in Cedar Rapids.

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