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6/7/2021 7:32:03 PM Reporting from Detroit,MI
Nationwide blood supply shortage affecting Beaumont Health
https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/press-releases/nationwide-blood-supply-shortage-affecting-beaumont-health
6/7/2021 7:32:03 PM
A severe shortage of blood across the country, including at Beaumont, could have significant impact on patient care.

Nationwide blood supply shortage affecting Beaumont Health

A severe shortage of blood across the country, including at Beaumont, could have significant impact on patient care.
Beaumont Health

Nationwide blood supply shortage affecting Beaumont Health

Monday, June 07, 2021

Blood drive

Public encouraged to make an appointment to donate blood today

A severe shortage of blood across the country, including at Beaumont Health, could have significant impact on patient care, including surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Beaumont remains focused on safe care at all its campuses.

Beaumont and the communities the health system serves have worked together to care for each other throughout the past fifteen months of an international pandemic. Now, Beaumont and its surrounding communities must work together again to respond to an urgent need for blood donations.

The need for blood is critical because many surgeries were delayed during the pandemic and Beaumont is also seeing an increase in trauma cases as more people are out and about. Blood donations are also down because of the pandemic.

“To continue providing compassionate and extraordinary care to our patients, we are working diligently with blood suppliers to stabilize and increase the supply of blood. The effort is expected to take several weeks,” Carolyn Wilson, RN, executive vice president and chief operating officer, said. “We are asking our Beaumont health care heroes to donate their own blood to help our communities. And, we’re also asking the public to support this effort by donating their own blood, too,” Wilson added.

Community members can join Beaumont heroes by donating at a Versiti blood drive hosted at one of Beaumont’s hospital campuses this month. Versiti is Beaumont’s exclusive provider of blood products.

The donation process usually takes one hour, including registration, a brief medical screening and blood collection. Donors must show a photo ID such as a driver’s license. Versiti takes extra precautions to thoroughly disinfect areas before, during and after each donation. Masks are required throughout the donation process.

Versiti requires donors to wait 48 hours to donate blood after receiving the first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Upcoming Blood Drives

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe
Tuesday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium
Schedule Online Now

Beaumont Hospital, Troy
Wednesday, June 16, 2 to 8 p.m.
Classrooms 1 - 4
Schedule Online Now

Beaumont Hospital, Wayne
Friday, June 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Second Floor Conference Room
Schedule Online Now

Beaumont Hospital, Trenton
Monday, June 28, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Beaumont Surgery Center - Trenton
Conference Room 220
Schedule Online Now

Appointments can be also be made by phone at 866-MI-BLOOD. Walk-ins are welcome if the schedule permits. For more information, visit versiti.org.