Hospital Authority Appeals to Donors Amidst Low Blood Inventories
by: The Beat Asia
September 27, 2022
The Hospital Authority announced on Sept. 26 that blood inventories have been depleted to very low levels, with only three to four days’ stock in blood types O, A, and B. The spokesperson for the Hong Kong Red Cross Transfusion Service (BTS) said it is important to replenish blood inventories to meet the blood demand of local hospitals during the National Day and Chung Yeung Festival public holidays.
The BTS is appealing to the public to donate blood to provide sufficient supply for clinical transfusion to patients. Over the pandemic, blood collection has been unstable compared to previous years. However, current blood inventories may not meet the daily demand from local hospitals. This is incredibly detrimental for patients as blood supply is crucial in treating various illness, and a necessary component for emergency operations and organ transplants as well as meeting blood demand from thalassemia and blood cancer patients.
As a token of gratitude, the BTS has prepared a limited edition “Blood Donation Captain” recycle bag for blood donors. Most of the BTS donor centres will maintain normal service during the National Day and Chung Yeung Festival holidays.
Anyone between the ages of 16 and 65, who weighs 41kg or above, and is in good health is eligible to give blood. To prevent long waiting times, donors are advised to make an appointment by calling the donor centres, via the “HK Blood” mobile app or visiting the BTS website.
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