Vitalant Boogie On the Bayou Blood Drive – June 4th.

This is my interview with Mitzi Breaux at Vitalant to talk about the urgent need for blood donations right now:

Who: Vitalant

What: Annual Boogie on the Bayou Blood Drive

When: Thursday, June 4, 7 am – 7 pm

Where: Vitalant Donation Center at 8234 One Calais (service road at I-10 & Essen)

Why: National shortage of blood and decrease in blood donation during the summer months. Coronavirus has impacted the ability to host blood drives for over a month. Resulting in a loss of over 19,000 units of blood.

Because of You, Life Doesn’t Stop. #VitalForLife

There is a current CRITICAL NEED FOR ALL BLOOD TYPES and your help is needed. 

Event Specific:

  • Each year Vitalant hosts their Annual Boogie on the Bayou Blood Drive to help combat the decline in blood donations experienced due to schools being out and vacations.
  • During the summer months, blood donations decline by over 20% – this calls for a need during the summer months
  • We have a seen a continued decline in donations.
  • While hospitals resume operations and elective surgeries plus increase in accidents/trauma has caused a 25% increase in blood use.
  • Annual blood drive events like this helps ensure that the blood that is needed during the summer months is there for when area patients need a blood transfusion
  • In order to effectively uphold social distancing standards, appointments are strongly encourages. Face coverings are required for all donor and staff. Please come to your donation with a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth.

THANK YOU GIFTS AND PRIZE DRAWINGS:

  • T-shirt and a pint of Blue Bell ice cream (while supplies last),
  • First 100 donors will receive a Whataburger coupon!
  • First 100 donors will get a Raising Cane’s lemonade card, good for a FREE 22oz fresh squeezed lemonade.
  • All donors are entered to win one of two car detail packages from Gerry Lane and one of three $500 Amazon gift cards!
  • Jimmy John’s boxed lunches will be served. Boxed lunches will be provided by Jimmy Johns!

Antibody Messaging:

  • On June 1, 2020, Vitalant will test all successful blood donations for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
  • Donors must have a successful donation to get the antibody test. The test is not available to donors with incomplete donations and non-donors.
  • Donors cannot donate—and get tested for COVID-19 antibodies—if they are sick. The COVID-19 antibody test does not test for the presence of COVID-19 disease. The test does not check for the presence of an active COVID-19 infection.

Urgent Messaging:

  • Shelter-in-place orders led to 950 blood drives canceled since early March in our region alone, resulting in a loss of over 19,000 uncollected blood donations.
  • A resumption of surgeries and other medical procedures as stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, has caused a 25% increase in the need for blood during the past several weeks.
  • All blood types are critically needed right now, with an especially high need for type O, A-negative and B-negative red blood cells.
  • Vitalant strives to have a 4 day supply of all types, but many types are currently at less than a 2 day supply.

General Blood Donation:

  • In Louisiana, Vitalant must collect 250 blood donations per day to meet patients’ transfusion needs.
  • Every two seconds, someone needs blood.
  • Every day in the U.S., patients in hospitals, surgical centers and emergency treatment facilities need approximately:
    • 36,000 units of red blood cells
    • 7,000 units of platelets
    • 10,000 units of plasma

What to do for your donation:

  • Please bring a pictured ID with you to your donation and eat a hearty meal and drink plenty of water prior to your donation.
  • If you are on any medications or have traveled outside of the country that does not necessarily mean that you cannot donate! Bring with you to your donation the names of your medications and why you are on them and know the locations of where you traveled outside of the country.
  • Donors can also visit org the day of their donation and click on “Donate” then “Fast Track”. This allows donors to complete the interview portion of their donation on-line, in the privacy of their home or office.  Make sure to print your “Fast track donation ticket” and bring it with you to your donation.  Or take a screen shot on your phone or smart device and show the screenshot to your technician.  The questionnaire must be completed on the same day that you donate.