Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-02-22 21:34:05 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WKRN) —As Nashville begins to recover from five days of snow, health officials are currently working to make up for the loss of blood donations.
“Many people think snow affects only our six locations, but it actually affects blood donations throughout the region,” said Regional Communications Director for the American Red Cross Tennessee region. Sheri McKinney says. “In fact, 79 blood donations had a big impact on us.”
The tissue lost 1,780 units of blood in 5 days.
“When we say we’ve lost 1,780 units, it’s 1,780 people who can be affected without blood on the shelves, and like milk, blood has a shelf life,” McKinney says. I did.
More than 1,000 people across Tennessee have been hospitalized for COVID-19, and the American Red Cross says it is in desperate need of blood donation, affected by more severe weather conditions, regular surgery, and procedures.
“I can only speak personally,” McKinney said. “My personal story is that I have a husband who had heart surgery. This dates back to 2014. He is a relatively healthy person, but when he had heart surgery he had 8 credits. Had had to have 8 units of blood, which is almost half of a really decent blood drive. “
Currently, the organization is pushing to plan more blood donations this week in the hope of making up for the lost donations.
“What you are doing is not only giving the patient life, but also giving memories to the family. You give the child back to the mother and give the wife the opportunity to enjoy the memories with her husband.” Said McKinney.
Blood donation is also essential for the treatment of people infected with COVID-19. McKinney says people often donate and are unaware that they have COVID antibodies. Their blood can then be used as a plasma donation to patients suffering from the virus.
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