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Need for blood 'rapidly escalates' as local hospitals plan to reschedule surgeries

Posted at 8:40 PM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 21:40:05-04

The need for blood donations has decreased in Wisconsin recently, as hospitals focus on the treatment of COVID-19 patients. However, officials with a local blood center are putting out the call for donors as healthcare facilities begin planning to resume elective surgeries.

“The need is immediate,” said Dr. Tom Abshire, Chief Medical Officer at Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin.

Blood drives that were canceled over coronavirus concerns had a significant impact on supply, but the community stepped up to help.

“When dozens of blood drives were canceled in March and April because of the virus, we saw tremendous community outpouring at our donor centers. The need has now spiked again, and we seek the generosity of donors to ensure hospitals have the necessary blood products in hand as they resume elective surgery and other medical care.”

Versiti indicates a particular need for O negative blood – the universal blood type used in trauma situations.

For more information on donating blood with Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, click here.

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