Hospital hosts first blood drive since start of pandemic

LEONARDTOWN, MD (May 18, 2021) – In partnership with the American Red Cross, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital recently hosted its first blood drive since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty pints of blood were collected May 13 from community members and hospital staff.

Community blood drives, like so many events, were placed on hold during COVID-19. Meanwhile, blood transfusions continue to be needed by patients every two seconds in the U.S., according to the American Red Cross—amounting to nearly 21 million blood component transfusions each year.

Hospital staff recently proposed an idea that would allow blood drives to safely resume while making use of the auxiliary buildings constructed on campus last year in case of patient surge. Large enough to ensure safe physical distancing and protected from the elements, these structures allow for even more donations to be collected—from four people at a time, compared to one or two when drives are set up in hospital classrooms or other locations.

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