With elective surgeries resuming, pressure put on blood centers

Written by on June 30, 2020

With elective surgeries resuming, pressure put on blood centers

By K.C. Lopez

June 30, 2020

Photo | K.C. Lopez / WLVR

Blood banks are renewing their calls for donors as elective surgeries suspended amid the COVID-19 outbreak are getting the greenlight to begin again. That’s putting a strain on the blood supply for essential surgeries.

As hospitals resume elective surgeries they’re handling backlogs of patients who put off their medical needs because of coronavirus. And, on top of that, new regulations are putting added pressure on blood centers like Miller-Keystone, the sole supplier to 29 hospitals in the Lehigh Valley. 

Qiana Cressman is the center’s director of donor recruitment and development.

“Every healthcare organization was in a state of trying to figure out what are their next steps, how do we successfully integrate our patient population back in as we’re handling COVID patients. So it was hard for them as well as the hospitals, as well as for us,” said Cressman. 

The Miller-Keystone blood center had been forced to cancel walk-ins and change their hours several times since the coronavirus outbreak. But now, as the region reopens, the blood center plans to resume blood collections at five of its satellite locations by July.

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