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Jan 4, 2019

Some Elective Surgeries on Hold – Blood Shortage in Blood Banks

There is a shortage of blood supply and some elective surgeries will be put on hold because of low blood banks. Today, when we spoke with Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero, he confirmed that while there has always been a challenge in getting voluntary blood donors, the road traffic accidents and gun violence in recent weeks have put an additional strain on the blood banks. The holidays also compounded this issue because volunteers were not going in.


On the Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“I believe that we always have an issue with blood products because we have a culture of voluntary blood donation. So, we are always trying to ensure that we do have blood products available. Of course, with the long vacation period that we have had in the last couple of weeks and the emergencies that we were exposed to in terms of road traffic accidents and gun violence there’d be an added strain on blood banks. So, it would be expected that blood products would be in less amounts. I do know that particularly asked how we could go about trying to get blood donors to come in and there is always a drive that we push for. But it isn’t that easy. I do know that some elective surgeries are going to be put on hold because you know when we have elective surgeries we ask people to do a voluntary donation even if that is not going to be used. People always think that the blood they are donating is for them, but it towards a blood bank for whenever it is needed and sometimes if those are needed in emergency cases and then we have to go and ensure that we have an adequate supply all the time. So, I think we always have an issue in terms of not having enough blood donors.”

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