BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LifeShare Blood Center is hosting several mobile blood drives across Louisiana to try to get as many donations as possible due to an ongoing major blood shortage.
Hospitals don’t have blood without donors, and right now, blood centers like LifeShare are making an emergency plea to replenish the blood supply in hospitals across the state so the most critical patients can be treated.
“People going into trauma, the upcoming surgeries, either elective or just mandatory, any type of emergency, transfusions, anything of that nature that requires blood those people need. The hospitals need it, and so we need to be able to supply them so that way they can’t possibly tell any patients no," said Michael Pena, regional director of LifeShare Blood Center.
Donors are also needed to help treat COVID-19 patients. Camille Tate and her husband are donating plasma to help those who are currently battling the coronavirus.
“My husband and I were both reached out to after we were both positive in July for COVID-19. We were told that the plasma that we had now that we had developed antibodies would help others with COVID-19 and treatments since that has been recently approved as treatment for COVID,” said Tate.
Even if someone doesn’t have the antibodies, simply donating blood can save up to three lives. If people are worried about donating blood during the pandemic, they can rest easy knowing LifeShare is taking extra precautions to keep donors safe when they come in to donate.
“We are practicing the social distance. We have all the beds spaced out so we are not going to have everybody piled up into one. If we see that we are going to start having crowds, we are going to ask them to wait in the vehicles, that way the lobby is in place for them to have a seat,” said Angela Smith, a phlebotomist at LifeShare.
Everyone is required to wear a mask while they’re giving blood and the staff will be wiping down the seats and equipment in between donors as well.
LifeShare is also currently supplying blood to three different hospitals in the Lake Charles area that were affected by Hurricane Laura. Many people have already donated supplies to the hurricane victims, but now, blood donations are needed as well.
DONATION DRIVES SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9
- 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- 13960 Florida Blvd., Livingston
- 1 to 6 p.m.
- 636 S Levee Rd., Krotz Springs
Zachary Fire Department
- 2 to 6 p.m.
- 4525 Main St., Zachary
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