Blood Bank of Delmarva calling for donors in Ocean City
OCEAN CITY, Md. – The Blood Bank of Delmarva says their blood emergency isn’t over yet, so Wednesday they were in Ocean City collecting blood to boost their supply. “We are still in a blood emergency. We declared that back on May 13th. It still remains in effect because in the ebb and flow of inventory levels, we still haven’t gotten quite up to that seven day level,” said the blood bank’s communications specialist Tony Prado.
The blood drive will continue on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Ocean City Convention Center. “People are welcome to still make an appointment for the second day, and if they for some reason they call and we get lucky and fill up, the good news is your community blood drives are coming back,” said Prado.
Prado says typically, a large chunk of their blood donations come from high school and college students. This year, events on campus had to be cancelled. “We’ve been slowly building our blood drives back up, which is great because ordinarily any given event usually counts for 40% of the blood that we collect. When this pandemic first hit, every single blood drive was canceled and then we realize we just have to suspend them indefinitely,” said Prado.
The Blood Bank of Delmarva tells 47ABC that they’re now working to fill that gap by holding events as hospitals resume elective surgeries. “Elective surgeries are a big part of what we do. When hospitals order they tend to like to have the blood on the shelf when their patients need it and when they come in. A lot of times if you have a scheduled surgery chances are you’re going to need blood, especially red blood cells,” said Prado.
Prado says that the blood bank is also continuing to collect plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19. The plasma has antibodies in it that can help those who are sick to beat the virus. “It made our hard work worthwhile and we just thank all the people who donated. It was a bunch of people from all over Delaware, Maryland, and even New York and New Jersey,” said Prado.
If you’d like to set up an appointment to donate or find out about other blood drives in your area, – you can visit the blood bank’s website.