Blood drive at Monument Health, caregivers contribute to critical shortage

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Vitalant Blood Center set up a blood drive at Monument Health’s Rapid City hospital this Friday, caregivers donated to ensure the well-being of the community.

Community blood drives such as today’s help prevent possible blood shortages during the winter months when the cold weather often keeps donors from venturing out.

By setting up at Monument Health, they provided an opportunity for caregivers with busy schedules.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Amanda Dosch, Nurse Manager of the Heart and Vascular Unit. “It’s convenient, it’s easy for everybody to just quickly stop down during their day, and for a great cause.”

Vitalant declared a critical shortage of blood earlier this month. They stated that blood providers nationwide had less than a two days supply of necessary blood types. Due to the busy holiday season, Vitalant said they had 21,000 fewer donations than expected.

“Every two seconds, someone needs blood,” stated the release from Vitalant. “Even with new donations coming in daily, the demand can quickly outpace supply.”

For more information on donating blood, and locations of upcoming blood drives visit the Vitalant website HERE.



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