Blood Bank of Hawaii facing ‘worst’ shortage in over 25 years – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-10-19 22:25:51 –

Honolulu (KHON2) — The Hawaiian Blood Bank (BBH) is asking people to roll up their sleeves and donate. They are experiencing a serious deficiency of all blood types, which is surprising for the fall season.

BBH warned on Tuesday, October 19th, it has fallen to less than a day of supply.

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Officials said it was due to a national shortage and the big chuck was associated with a pandemic-related closure.

“There is no high school to support blood donation, the university is not open, and these two organizations alone produce about 15-20% of the blood in the whole country, so we are not accustomed to the difficult autumn in the whole country. That’s why, “says Todd. Lewis, Chief Operating Officer of the Hawaiian Blood Bank.

“This is the worst I’ve seen in my career for over a quarter of a century. I’ve never seen it this way.”

Todd Lewis, Chief Operating Officer of Hawaii Blood Bank

According to Lewis, this shortage is also due to increased hospital capacity and operations.

“Hospitals are open and increasing. [operating room] Canceled elective surgery, the ability to get involved in such things, “Lewis said.

But donor, there is good news. The Blood Bank accepts people who have been vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Modana, or who have not been vaccinated at all. If the donor has previously tested positive for COVID, he is eligible to donate blood 28 days after the symptoms disappear. Blood banks were only open for COVID in Dillingham, Waikele and Young Street, but things are open.

“And Windward is now open 24/7 from October 15th,” Lewis said. “I will return to Maui in November.

Lewis is also challenging those who dislike needles.

“I appreciate and respect the horror of needles, but try it once. Try it once. If you don’t like it later, it’s okay. But I ask them to do it and challenge All of them have become lifelong donors, “he said.

Blood banks say they need to secure 150-200 daily reservations for all blood types to meet Hawaii’s demand, but most importantly O-Positive, O-Negative, A- Positive.

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