Donate blood at Michigan Medicine this week

March 10, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

There are still many openings for this week’s blood drives at Michigan Medicine.

Please help support the need for blood donors by scheduling your appointment today. Walk-ins are welcome, but you are encouraged to make an appointment ahead of time to avoid a wait.

For more information about donating or volunteering, click here.

Additionally, as concerns about the outbreak of COVID-19 rise in the U.S., you may be concerned about the health and safety at the blood drive. Please be assured that blood donation is a safe process, and people should not hesitate to give and receive blood.

  • The top priority of the American Red Cross is safety — for its valued volunteers, employees, donors, blood program leaders and patients.
  • As a reminder, the Red Cross only collects blood from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation. Donating blood does not impact or weaken the immune system.
  • At each blood drive, Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols including wearing gloves and personal protective gear, wiping down donor-touched areas after every collection, using sterile collection sets for every donation, and arm scrubbing.

These mitigation measures will help ensure blood recipient safety, as well as staff and donor safety in reducing contact with those who may potentially have this respiratory infection.

It’s important to emphasize that there are no data or evidence that the coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transmissions for any respiratory virus including this coronavirus worldwide.

Nonetheless, the Red Cross has implemented new blood donation deferrals out of an abundance of caution. Individuals are now asked to postpone their donation for 28 days following:

  • Travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea;
  • Diagnosis of COVID-19, contact with a person who has the virus, or suspected to have it.