The number of blood donors shrank. But blood is still needed

What measures are being applied due to the coronavirus outbreak?

(Source: Sme)

Despite the current coronavirus situation, patients across the country still need blood.

The number of donors has shrunk significantly. The hospital in Dolný Kubín (Žilina Region) reported only four donors last week, even though data from the past suggests that the number was about 10 times higher, the Sme daily reported.

Moreover, supplies are running low.

The National Transfusion Service (NTS) called on people to come and donate blood for those who need it.

Usage of blood dropped in recent days because hospitals can only perform necessary surgeries now. However, oncological and hematological patients still need blood.

“We can assure the adoption of maximum safety precautions at NTS workplaces, and we would be grateful if people keep coming to donate,” said Michal Biganič of the National Transfusion Centre, as quoted by Sme.

Right after entering the NTS workplace, a person is required to disinfect their hands, while their temperature is measured. Those who have recently returned from abroad are immediately asked to leave.

Blood is not tested for coronavirus

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Blood is not tested for coronavirus, as the infection is not spread through blood but through the air.

However, NTS stores the blood for 14 days after donation and uses it only after that period.

It thus asks all donors to inform them if they spot any symptoms in these 14 days. If there are some, the blood will not be used.

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