GBMC HealthCare System recently held its first employee-only blood drive of 2020 at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) Fitness and Wellness Center as more than 60 volunteers came out to give blood and help.
Currently, blood banks in Maryland and across the nation are running extremely low on blood donations, due in part to the COVID-19 crisis. The impact of pandemic-associated blood drive cancellations has worsened the already dire nationwide shortage.
According to the American Red Cross, approximately 19,000 blood drives, equating to 540,000 units of blood, were canceled across the country this year.
In order to safely host this drive, GBMC followed the highest standard of safety and infection control. To ensure the health of employees and volunteers, all donors and staff were required to wear masks, were subject to temperature checks, and underwent routine screening questions. Additional precautions included providing hand sanitizer for use before and during the drive, following social distancing guidelines, routinely disinfecting all materials, wearing gloves, and using sterile collection sets and an aseptic scrub for each donation.
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