American Red Cross asks UOPX to answer the call for blood donations
Social distancing mandates to help slow the spread of coronavirus have caused a severe blood shortage across the U.S. at a time when our healthcare system needs it most. So many of you have asked what you can do to help in this time of pandemic.
Please read this message from Dr. Linda MacIntyre, chief nurse, American Red Cross and a member of the University of Phoenix National Advisory Board for our Nursing program, on ways you can donate to help save lives while limiting physical interaction.
Dear UOPX Community,
Right now, the American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak.
Nearly 4,500 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 150,000 fewer blood donations through March 18.  Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood and platelets. Find a blood drive and make an appointment through this link.
This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies or patients fighting cancer. One of the most important things you can do to ensure we don’t have another health care crisis on top of coronavirus is to give now.
Even during this stressful time, the need for blood is constant. We should all be practicing social distancing, but it’s important to know that blood drives are not considered “mass gatherings” because they are controlled events with trained staff and appropriate safety measures to protect donors and recipients. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood.
“You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement,” said U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome M. Adams.
We want to reassure the public that we are taking additional precautions to ensure the safety of our donors and staff. This includes:
- Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive.
- Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process.
- Spacing beds, where possible, to follow social distancing practices between blood donors.
- Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment.
If you are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, please make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Linda MacIntyre, PhD, RN, PHN
Chief Nurse, American National Red Cross
 Nearly 4,500 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns.