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Rhode Island is down to a three-day blood supply, which is not sufficient to meet local hospital needs

Providence – This World Blood Donor Day, Rhode Island Blood Center pleads with the public as the blood shortage continues with a three-day blood supply. The long-term impact of the pandemic has resulted in a year of significantly less youth first-time donors and 70% fewer blood drives. Complicating matters, recently there has been a surge in blood usage as hospitals perform surgeries and patients seek medical care that was postponed during the pandemic. The increased need and lag in donors has created a chronic gap in blood donations. 

 “As the Northeast reopens, blood usage at hospitals continues to increase and is far outpacing our collections,” said Beau Tompkins, Senior Executive Director of the Rhode Island Blood Center. “On World Donor Day, we are asking the public to please donate blood and help save a life, donating is easy and can have a huge impact.”

Donating blood is safe and it only takes about one hour. We are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. As always, people are not eligible to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms. Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions is available here.

Donors can schedule appointments by calling 401-453-8383 or visiting www.ribc.org.

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About Rhode Island Blood Center

Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) was founded in 1979 as a nonprofit community blood center. For over 35 years, RIBC has been the primary supplier of blood and blood products to patients being cared for in hospitals throughout Rhode Island and in neighboring states. Our mission is to help save lives by ensuring a safe, plentiful, and cost-effective blood supply. RIBC is also part of the National Marrow Donor Program and collects stem cells for transplant at its Providence location. RIBC provides therapeutic treatments for patients in local hospitals. Its state-of-the-art laboratory performs donor testing for over 400,000 donations per year.   RIBC is also involved in a variety of local and national research programs in an effort to improve all aspects of the blood supply.  For more information, visit ribc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.