Community Blood Bank, a joint cooperative of Sanford USD Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital, is diligently working to maintain an adequate blood supply for the 36 local hospitals it services including Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center. As a strong cold and flu season has prevented many from giving blood and the potential threat of the COVID – 19 is keeping some residents closer to home, the need for blood donations is more vital than ever before.
Please consider donating blood on Monday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 31 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. to 3:30 p.m at Chamberlain Fire Station (115 Courtland St.). All who donate will receive a special t-shirt and have an opportunity to cast their donation vote for the Guns N’ Hoses blood drive competition between the Chamberlain Fire Department, Police Department and Brule County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), “Blood centers across the country are experiencing a decrease in donation appointments and cancellation of blood drives due to travel restrictions and social distancing efforts. There is a potential to adversely impact the availability of blood as more blood drives may be cancelled, fewer healthy donors will be available to sustain the blood supply. While we cannot predict blood supply needs during a pandemic, we know that a sufficient supply of blood must remain available to treat patients.”
Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank, states, “The need for blood donations, to keep up with demands, is extremely important with the many challenges that are preventing donors to give blood. While we are able to treat patients with their blood needs, each day is more difficult to avoid shortages as collection continues to decrease in the local area.” Versteeg says, “The cold and flu season has prevented many people from coming out to give blood and decreased the overall donations for the local area. Please join us to provide hope to those in need and support the local supply. We want to reassure the public that donating blood is a safe way to impact community lives. We have taken a series of precautionary steps in response to the developing health concerns, including increasing cleaning and sanitizing procedures in our facilities.”