Connecticut Blood Center is experiencing blood shortages

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Over the past two weeks, the Connecticut Blood Center said their blood supply has drastically decreased.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Connecticut’s newest blood donation center, Connecticut Blood Center, says they are experiencing a blood emergency, which could impact one of Connecticut’s largest hospital systems.

The Middletown Blood Center, which opened last fall, is the primary blood supplier for all Hartford HealthCare hospitals. But they lack two different blood types.

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Over the past two weeks, the Connecticut Blood Center, which is open Wednesday through Friday and every other weekend, said its blood supply has drastically decreased.

“This time of year we typically see with the increase in school vacations and the increase in travel which is decreasing, unfortunately the demand from hospitals has been higher than ever,” said Jonathan DeCasanova of the Connecticut Blood Center.

Hartford Healthcare’s goal is in fact to transfuse without bloodshed.

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“Because we use other modalities to help with blood production, like Epogen, iron, things that can also stimulate red blood cell production,” said Dr. Anuj Vohra, Medical Director of Emergency Services. from Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington.

That said, the need for blood is still there.

“Right now we’re dangerously low on O- and B,” DeCasanova said.

Hospitals rely on type O, especially for trauma patients, when doctors don’t know what a patient’s blood type is when they are first rushed.

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COVID-19 has impacted the blood supply due to its effects on multiple organ systems, “sometimes including anemia,” Vohra said.

Unlike the Connecticut Blood Center, the American Red Cross says it currently has no blood supply issues due to a nationwide network of providers.

“In an emergency, we can lean on each other to make sure the blood gets to where it needs to be,” said Jocelyn Hillard, of the American Red Cross in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

The Connecticut Blood Center in Middletown asks for your support of others by registering to donate blood at CTBlood.org.

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