More than 170 units of blood were donated last week at the American Red Cross blood drives, co-sponsored by UC Davis Medical Center and the UC Davis School of Medicine and held at the Education Building on the UC Davis Health campus.
UC Davis Health faculty, staff and students joined the community in answering the urgent call for blood donations. Two more blood drives will be held in the Education Building this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. All appointments are already filled, but those interested can still visit aabb.org and redcrossblood.org for other nearby opportunities to donate.
“I’m proud of how quickly the UC Davis Health family responded and signed up for every available donation slot in our blood drive. All of us in health care are asking everyone who can to donate and help save lives in their communities,” said David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health. “Lives of patients at the UC Davis Medical Center and across the nation depend on the supply of donated blood, which has been reduced to a trickle by cancelled blood drives. Donating blood is an essential activity allowed despite shelter-in-place rules, and collection centers are practicing excellent social distancing and safety protocols.”
These safety protocols and staff supervision ensure proper social distancing for donors. Additionally, the American Red Cross has implemented guidelines to ensure the safety of all donors. Providers who are actively treating a COVID-19 patient are not eligible to donate, per American Red Cross criteria.