Hospitals, blood banks grapple with critical blood shortage
Hospitals across the nation are experiencing a blood shortage so severe that some are postponing non-emergency surgeries. An official of America's Blood Center says some hospitals have only a one-day supply.
Miami Herald, Jan. 15, 2003
Jan 17, '03
we have similar problems here - shortages - nly a days supply
They have had to cancel elective surgery at times because of lack of it (well thats waht they tell us)
Australians at this stage still donate their blood voluntarily
Am frequent donor - so is daughter
Son cant yet as he peviously worked at abbitors driing summer a yer or so ago
Last edit by Tookie on Jan 17, '03
Jan 17, '03
<Hospitals across the nation are experiencing a blood shortage so severe that some are postponing non-emergency surgeries.>
Ive stopped donating my O-neg for a while. I know that doesnt help the problem but I just cant watch it get thrown away.
Last week I had an admission - elderly John Doe - looked like he had dark hair - until it moved - spent 2 hrs de-licing him - cutting his hair with the tiny scissor from the central line dressing kit & one little plastic comb. No other equipment available to me to do this job. Supervisor says "do your best". He was found "sleeping it off" on a subway platform. But actually, he was frozen - temp 82. (Youd think with all the alcohol in his blood, he wouldnt be able to freeze). Cops said he lives on the streets but would evade them whenever they tried to pick him to get into a shelter & out of the cold. Anyway, his feet are frost bitten - must be amputated, his liver doesnt work - appears to be end stage cirrhosis, nobody knows how long he was hypoxic for - hes still unresponsive except for a little decerebrate motion to pain, ventilated, on dopamine, coded twice - But hey, we saved him (to die of liver failure). And then gave him 12 UNITS of O negative blood. Now hes in renal failure too & probably wont make it thru the weekend. No surprise.
My other pt - DNR - actively dying from multiple myeloma. Wasted away & Unresponsive. Hypotensive - family insists on no vasopressors. Is on a vent that family wants removed - issue is going to the ethics committee for decision because pt didnt have advance directives. In the meantime, he has an order for 2 units PRBC - O neg. Family wants the man to go in peace & doctors are pumping a scarce blood supply into his dying body.
And they wonder why they have a shortage? Until they use it more responsibly, they arent getting anymore of my blood to throw away like this.
Last edit by -jt on Jan 17, '03