The National Transfusion Service is urging healthy people to go donate blood. They report a critical deficiency!

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Although hospitals have suspended planned surgeries, they still have acute patients who need transfusion drugs to save their lives.

Although hospitals have suspended planned surgeries, they still have acute patients who need transfusion drugs to save their lives.

Illustrative image of the article The National Transfusion Service is urging healthy people to go donate blood.  They report a critical deficiency!

The National Transfusion Service (NTS) of the Slovak Republic encourages healthy people to go and donate blood. As TASR spokeswoman Martina Frigová informed on Monday, the state of stocks is especially critical all blood groups with Rh negative factor. One blood donor can save three lives.

Decline in donors

“Due to the rapidly deteriorating epidemiological situation during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a significant drop in blood donors at our collection sites over the last two weeks, which is reflected in reduced supplies of transfusion drugs.” stated.

The NTN recalled that although hospitals had suspended planned operations, they still had acute patients who needed transfusion drugs to save their lives. These are mainly oncology patients, hematology patients, but also, for example, patients in traumatology, gynecology and also patients with cardiovascular diseases.

Strict safety, hygiene and preventive measures are in place at all NTS SR sampling sites to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease.

How to order?

The blood donor is ordered for the donation by phone for a specific time, he receives a new respirator at the collection workplace, his body temperature is measured, he disinfects his hands and fills in a form in which the donor’s medical and travel history is ascertained.

The donor verified in this way proceeds to the workplace and undergoes a standard blood donation process, consisting of completing a blood donor questionnaire, a pre-collection examination, a doctor’s examination and a subsequent blood donation.

It is possible to donate blood from Monday to Friday during the collection hours, which are from 7.00 am to 2.00 pm, except on Tuesdays, when it is possible to donate blood from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm. All current information regarding blood donation can be found on the website www.ntssr.sk.

Illustration photo, TASR

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