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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

As the pandemic rages on, a new health crisis is brewing; low running blood bank

In the summer of 2020, Joshua Wishart’s father survived a vicious dog attack.

The key word is “alive” – ​​something that would not be the case without a blood transfusion of more than a dozen units.

“I never realized before how much blood is necessary to save a life,” Wishart said. “Since then, I’ve donated blood whenever I get a chance.”

The 30-year-old Garden Grove resident also stopped giving whole blood to platelets, which can be donated every week instead of every two months.

Wishart travels frequently for his job as a transportation technician, but that doesn’t stop his donation – he’s going to blood centers wherever he is. “Last week it was Boise,” he said. “A week before that, San Jose.”

Now, blood contributions are desperately needed in Southern California.

The American Red Cross, which provides about 40% of the nation’s blood, is facing its worst shortage in more than a decade, due to the fast-spreading coronavirus variant omicron. It’s more dire in late 2020 than it was during the COVID surge, before vaccinations were available.

“A lot of factors play a role,” said Becky Fire, executive director of the American Red Cross of Orange County. “Our staff and our volunteers have been affected by the coronavirus, leading to staff shortage. And with businesses and schools still going virtual, blood drives have dropped by 62%. ,

Historically, a quarter of blood donations come from drives on high school and college campuses, Fires noted. Now, those opportunities have been sharply cut short – a loss that may resonate in the future.

“Our wonderful young donors become lifelong donors,” she said, “yet we have experienced a huge decline in those first-time donors.”

Omicron has also put a disadvantage on older donors. Many are wary of risk and success cases, so they don’t go out to give blood.

“I made an appointment for January 11. But then I didn’t feel safe, so unfortunately, I canceled,” said Huntington Beach housewife Ellen Meigs, 66. “I’m going to wait until things settle down.”

There is an outcry in the hospitals due to the lack of blood. On January 12, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services closed its Harbor-UCLA Medical Trauma Center for more than two hours due to insufficient blood supply.

So far, hospitals in Orange County have not reported such dangerous incidents. Still, some have been forced to prioritize and reschedule surgery.

“It’s not something you would expect in the United States in the 21st century,” said Dr. Scott Rusk, chief medical officer at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

As a birthing centre, St. Joseph’s Hospital must keep a supply of universal blood type O-negatives on hand to care for vulnerable people who have given birth.

In recent weeks, it has postponed some non-emergency surgeries at St.

“We don’t like the term ‘elective surgery,'” Rusk said. “These are important surgeries, but they can be carried out.”

For example, a hospital may postpone cancer surgery until a sufficient O-negative is in hand.

“As a doctor, I know that being a little late in surgery will not affect a patient’s outcome,” Rusk said. “But as a cancer survivor myself, I know how difficult it is for patients to hear that they have to wait another day with cancer inside their bodies. It’s absolutely frightening.”

The current situation has similarities and differences to the lack of health care that played out during the peak of the coronavirus in late 2020 and early 2021.

“Then it was about ICU beds. Now it’s about the blood,” Rusk said. “At least, this time, we don’t have extra freezers because the morgues are full. Our critical care doctors and nurses had never seen so many deaths in their careers.” “

Recent news of a current blood shortage has prompted some residents of Orange County to visit a donation center. For many, this is their first visit since the pandemic took hold.

“After 15 years of charity, I closed because of COVID,” said Joe Polder, 55, who lives in Fullerton. “But now I thought, ‘I have to make an appointment.'”

The sales manager, Polder, visited a site near his home on Thursday, January 20.

“I thought my wife would be worried[about O’Micron]but she just said, ‘Be careful,'” Polder said. “I enjoy giving blood. It’s an easy way to benefit the community.” And, selfishly, it’s rewarding.”

For Melissa Ramirez, not even the coronavirus could stand in the way of her timely charity.

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