The Versiti Blood Center in Wisconsin has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations as communities in Wisconsin face a potential crisis with blood supplies falling to extremely low levels.
The state’s blood supply has fallen to less than a day of vital blood supply to supply Versiti’s more than 68 hospital partners statewide. Ideally, Versiti aims for a three-day blood supply available to its partner hospitals.
All blood groups are needed, with O negative and O positive type blood being the most demanded. Until Monday, June 21, Versiti is expanding its capacity and extending the opening hours of its centers to help with fundraising.
“As COVID-19 restrictions relax, allowing people to come together again and enjoy all that a Wisconsin summer has to offer, attention has shifted from donating blood, creating a crisis for the state blood supply, ”said Dr. Dan Waxman, vice president. President of Transfusion Medicine and Senior Medical Director of Versiti. “We are urgently seeking the help of our loyal donors and the public and call on anyone who can donate blood today. Your donation is vital to ensuring that hospitals in Wisconsin have the blood they need. their patients. ”
Donating blood, which takes less than an hour, can help save up to three lives.
Here is a list of places to donate blood:
· GREENFIELD: 7210 West Edgerton Ave.
· KENOSHA: 8064 39th avenue
· SWAMP: 508 N. Center
· MANITOWOC: 619 avenue Reed.
· MILWAUKEE: 638 North 18th St.
· ROOT: 1120 S. Sunnyslope Dr.
· WAUKESHA: 2111 Springdale Road
· WEST CURVE: 130, avenue de la Vallée.
· WAUWATOSA: 8733 Watertown Plank Road
Walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment for a blood donation, call (866) 642-5663 or visit Versiti online at versiti.org/WI.
Residents of Wisconsin can also make an appointment to donate at a local community blood drive in their area. The times, dates and locations of the next local readers can be found online at https://donate.wisconsin.versiti.org/. Interested donors should click on the “Plan to Donate” tab to find the reader closest to them.
Any healthy person 17 years of age or older who meets the eligibility criteria is encouraged to donate. Parental consent is required for donors aged 16 to donate. Donors must bring photo ID that includes their date of birth.
Fully vaccinated donors are not required to wear a face cover while at the Versiti facility. Unvaccinated donors are asked to continue to wear a face covering, unless medical conditions prevent them from wearing it. All Versiti donation sites practice social distancing and adhere closely to FDA and CDC cleaning and disinfection protocols.