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This committee works to organize and ensure the success of the annual Mary Queen of Peace Blood Drive. It consists of telephone recruiters who make phone calls to previous donors a week before the drive as well as volunteers to assist the American Red Cross on the day of the Blood Drive. Most importantly, it consists of donors willing to spend an hour the day of the Blood Drive to donate blood. We look forward to continued participation from everyone in the coming years.

Contact:

Trish Goldberg
314-909-0140
EMail

From the American Red Cross: 
 

Q: Is it safe to give blood right now?

A: We want to emphasize that at each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees already follow the highest standards of safety and infection control. The Red Cross has also implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of our donors and staff during this outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. The need for blood is constant, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions.
 

Q: What safety precautions are in place at Red Cross blood drives to protect staff and donors?

A: The Red Cross asks potential donors who may have any risk factors to postpone and donate at a later time. The Red Cross only collects blood from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation.

At each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees already follow thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection, including:

  • Wearing gloves and changing gloves often
  • Routinely disinfecting donor-touched areas
  • Using sterile collection sets for every donation, and
  • Preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub.

We understand why people may be hesitant to come out for a blood drive, but want to reassure the public that we have implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of our employees, volunteers and donors, including:

  • Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy.
  • Providing hand sanitizer for use before entering the drive, as well as throughout the donation process.
  • Following social distancing practices between donors including donor beds, as well as waiting and refreshment areas.
  • Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment.
  • Emphasizing the importance of appointments to help manage the flow of donors at drives.
  • Staff wearing basic face masks.

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

Q: What new safety protocols has the Red Cross put in place?

A: The Red Cross already follows thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection each day. In response to this coronavirus, we’ve implemented additional precautionary measures out of an abundance of caution, including:

  • Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy
  • Providing hand sanitizer for use before entering the drive, as well as throughout the donation process
  • Following social distancing practices between donors including donor beds, as well as waiting and refreshment areas.
  • Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment.
  • Emphasizing the importance of appointments to help manage the flow of donors at drives.
  • Staff wearing basic face masks.

We are also looking at staggering donor appointments further apart to reduce the number of people at a drive at any one time. These mitigation measures will help ensure staff and donor safety in reducing contact with those who may potentially have this, or any, respiratory infection.

Q: I don’t like the oral thermometers. Can’t you use the forehead ones?

A: The Red Cross has ordered infrared forehead thermometers to help with the pre-screening process and expects to have them in place at our blood drives and centers in early April. We still plan to use digital oral thermometers during the health history at this time.
 

Q: Is it safe for older people to come out and donate?

A: In many areas of the country, public officials are asking older individuals to limit public interaction as much as possible. We encourage all donors to follow the guidance of their local health officials. Please note, however, that our Red Cross blood drives have the highest standards of safety and infection control—and do not fall in the category of “mass gatherings”. Depending on the severity of the outbreak in a particular community and an older donor's particular circumstances, some older donors may choose to postpone their donation appointment to a later date.

Q: Should the public be worried about the health of the staff at blood drives and centers?

A: We have implemented standard staff health assessments prior at all our blood donation sites to ensure staff are healthy the day of the drive.

Q: Are guests or kids allowed to come to blood drives or donation centers with a donor?

A: During this coronavirus outbreak, the Red Cross is not allowing guests including children to enter a blood drive or center to ensure we can maintain social distancing as we adhere to new safety precautions.



Other Blood Drives in 2020:

Sept 21 

Nov 16