Summer donor lull prompts blood service to increase gift card offers | Health care

URBANA – DonateLife is temporarily increasing the value of e-gift cards given to blood donors at five regional blood centers due to ongoing concerns about the rate of blood donations during the summer.

Through July 31, donors who visit the organization’s blood centers in Urbana, Danville, Decatur, Springfield and Mattoon will receive vouchers to redeem for a $20 e-gift card or 500 bonus points to redeem in the ImpactLife Donor Rewards store. announced the blood service.

Mobile blood donor clinics will continue to receive a voucher redeemable for a $10 gift card or 500 bonus points.

DonateLife spokesperson Kirby Winn said the blood supply in the area had fallen to a one to two day supply for both O-negative and O-positive types of red blood cells in recent weeks. . Platelet count was also low at times.

Other blood types varied from a two-day to four-day supply, he said.

“Ideally, we’d be at a five-day inventory for all blood components and blood types,” Winn said.

Summer holidays, holidays and absence from donors, as well as staffing levels, have contributed to lower supply, he said.

ImpactLife’s blood drive team has multiple openings, which has required limited scheduling of mobile blood drives, Winn said.

“It has become an increasingly important factor in the pandemic, so we have taken steps to improve staff recruitment and retention, but it will take time to rebuild the team where we want it to be,” said he declared.

ImpactLife does all of its own paid training on phlebotomy and the blood collection process, Winn said. Prospective applicants should go online to bloodcenter.org/apply.