On Monday evening March 22, 2021 the BRMC Board of Directors met in regular meeting. During the CEO report CEO Jerry Jasper spoke about an upcoming event that BRMC will be hosting. That event is a blood drive. Jasper stated this area is in need of blood supplies.
BRMC Lad Director Michael Ledesma, who has been tasked for overseeing the upcoming blood drive told TownTalk, “It (blood) has become a scarce resource when the winter storm blast came through Texas… delayed shipments to the testing centers across Texas to Vitalant. Not only did it delay the shipments, which in turn it delays the testing for the blood products… so their shelves were pretty much empty.” Vitalant supplies blood for a broad area of the South Plains and Eastern New Mexico and with Lubbock being a major medical hub plus the rural hospitals in vast majority of the area, blood is needed and needed soon.
According to Ledesma, with the lack of blood supply Vitalant would allocate blood to the trauma centers and the rest would “trickle down”. “If we had a mom that was going to need blood… if I ordered four units, they would probably be able to do half of that.” Ledesma said.
Although Winter Storm Urie wreaked havoc on the immediate blood supply, COVID-19 has been the real culprit for the lack of blood. When Texas went into a “shutdown” mode and people were asked to not get out to prevent the spread of the novel virus, this led to a downward spiral of people not donating. In November 2020 article from US News & World Report stated, “Between March and June of 2020, school and business closures to slow the spread of the coronavirus resulted in cancellation of 37,000 blood drives and hundreds of thousands of donation appointments.”
Now with the winter weather behind us and COVID-19 slowing way down, BRMC felt it was necessary to hold a blood drive. The blood drive will be held on Thursday April 1, 2021 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. and will be located in the hospital’s front parking lot. For more information on the blood drive and appointments you can call 806.797.6804 or go to www.bloodhero.com to schedule an appointment online. Jasper said, “We really need a good turnout.”