June 12, 2021

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Beaumont says ‘severe’ blood supply shortage may threaten patient care

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Beaumont Health put out a call Monday for blood donations, saying the health system faces a severe shortage that “could have significant impact on patient care, including surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic medical conditions and traumatic injuries.”

The coronavirus pandemic led to a dramatic decline in blood donations. Now that public health restrictions are easing up and COVID-19 case counts are falling, people are out more in the community.

That’s driving an increase in trauma cases and the demand for blood now, leaders for the eight-hospital health system said Monday in announcing efforts to work with blood suppliers to stabilize and increase the supply.

Beaumont Hospital, Wayne on Monday, April 13, 2020.

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“The effort is expected to take several weeks,” said Carolyn Wilson, Beaumont’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, who also is a registered nurse. “We are asking our Beaumont health care heroes to donate their own blood to help our communities. And, we’re also asking the public to support this effort by donating their own blood, too.”

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