Call for blood donors to replenish depleted area blood supply


Demand for Type O positive blood has hit the local inventory hard, Bloodworks Northwest notes, resulting in an emergency, one-day supply of the most common blood type

There is a call for blood donors to book appointments this month as some blood supplies are at low levels and transfusions are above normal, indicating high patient need.

Vancouver resident Declan Reagan had 76 red blood transfusions during his battle with cancer. The blood extended his life five months, allowing for more precious memories for his family. Photo courtesy Lauren Reagan
Vancouver resident Declan Reagan had 76 red blood transfusions during his battle with cancer. The blood extended his life five months, allowing for more precious memories for his family. Photo courtesy Lauren Reagan

There also is a concern that some donors, who just received vaccinations, are reluctant to give.

Bloodworks Northwest sent out a press release saying there is “no reason to delay donating after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Demand for Type O positive blood has hit the local inventory hard, Bloodworks Northwest notes, resulting in an emergency, one-day supply of the most common blood type. Type O negative blood is considered the universal blood type that can be transfused to any patient. When there is a shortage of Type O positive, it creates a ripple effect that depletes the supply of Type O negative.

Blood donation is “a safe and essential action during the pandemic,” the release notes. 

However, there are protocols involved. Appointments and masks are required. In accordance to guidelines, no walk-ins, guests, or people under 16 are permitted onsite and donation centers. 

Donations with Bloodworks provide 95 percent of the blood supply to Pacific Northwest hospitals. A donor also can learn where his or her blood is sent.

“It takes about an hour to give blood from check-in to post-donation cookie,” the release said.

In Clark County, Bloodworks has a donation center at 9320 NE Vancouver Mall Blvd., Suite 100. The phone number is: (360) 567-4800. Information about who can donate and where is available at www.bloodworksnw.org.

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