CRITICAL NEED FOR O POS AND B NEG BLOOD TYPES, AND PLATELETS

As we navigate through this uncertain time, blood type needs are changing rapidly, based on the needs of the hospitals we serve. Plasma and all blood types and are needed at this time, especially O Pos and B Neg. To schedule an appointment click here.

Donors must have an appointment to donate at our centers and blood drives at this time. We are currently not accepting walk-ins.

Inventory for a specific blood type can drastically change on a daily basis based on the usage in area hospitals. Please check back frequently for the day’s greatest needs. If you are healthy and eligible, we encourage you to Set a Date to donate today at crbs.net/donate/ to ensure the hospitals have an adequate supply of all blood types for any medical situation they are faced with.

Coronavirus - Donating Blood

Donating Blood is an Essential Service and Encouraged Activity; Not a Social Gathering

Blood donors are exempt from the stay-at-home order which does not include essential health services, such as those provided by Cascade Regional Blood Services and its donors. The health and safety of our donors, patients, staff, and community as a whole is is our upmost importance. We are adhering to the social distancing requirements, which has limited the number of donors we can schedule per day, thus our appointment schedules are filling up more quickly than usual.

Donation is by Appointment Only. PLEASE visit crbs.net/donate/ and make an appointment this week – and again in the summer to ensure the blood supply is available in our community as we stay strong together – 6′ apart.

The impact of COVID-19 continues to affect the local blood supply as canceled blood drives have caused a significant drop in donations.

Many businesses, schools and churches that typically host drives with Cascade Regional Blood Services remain closed during this time. The decrease in blood drives has resulted in a low community blood supply while the need for blood has rapidly increased as hospitals resume elective surgeries and continue treatments for cancer, other diseases such as sickle cell anemia and daily traumas.

We desperately need all healthy, eligible donors to roll up your sleeves and give blood as soon as possible. It is important for donors to keep their appointments and consistently make future appointments. Every donation is equally important, and we will need consistent blood donations for months to come.

Thank you for your generosity, understanding, and patience.

Coronavirus - What you Need to Know

Cascade Regional Blood Services continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and all related CDC, FDA, and other public health guidelines.  The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, poses no risk to blood donors, either during the donation process or from attending organized blood drives. There is no evidence that coronaviruses (including the viruses that cause SARS and MERS) are transfusion transmitted diseases.  This is a respiratory illness and according to the FDA, there are no known cases of transfusion related transmission of COVID-19.  .

Blood donation is being encouraged both by the FDA and Governor Inslee in order to maintain a healthy, local supply.  “We Need People to Start Turning Out in Force to Give Blood”. That urgent call-to-action coming from Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, as fear about the coronavirus is keeping people from wanting to donate blood. Scroll down to see a video from the FDA and the blood organizations and click here to read their joint press release.

Every day brings new developments related to the virus and we recognize that although the local circumstance continues to change, we want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and continue to follow our rigid health and safety protocols.

It is Safe to Donate Blood

As your community blood center, Cascade Regional Blood Services is dedicated to helping protect the health and safety of our donors, patients, volunteers, staff, and community as a whole.

We have safety measures in place to minimize contact with fellow donors.  We are adhering with social distancing recommendations at our centers and mobile drives.  We are providing 6 feet separation between donors in our reception areas, donation beds, and canteen areas.

There are times during donation where it’s not possible for our staff to be 6 feet from donors so our staff are wearing face shields to protect themselves and our donors.

To ensure we can adhere with physical distancing between donors, we are not accepting walk-ins and ask that you make an appointment so we can manage the donor flow.

We encourage all healthy folks to click here and schedule appointments over the next few weeks at one of our three centers or find a blood drive here, and keep commitments to donate blood. The need will be ongoing for quite some time and we rely on your continued support.

A Safe and Adequate Blood Supply is Needed

It is imperative that healthy individuals continue to donate to minimize disruptions to the blood supply.  As the coronavirus outbreak expands, our blood supply is affected by the decrease in the number of eligible donors and collection drives that are cancelled.  Maintaining a sufficient blood supply is essential to ensure patients receive needed treatments. Our centers are operating on normal business hours, and we encourage you to donate if you are healthy and have not donated in the past 56 days.

Measures are in Place to Ensure the Safety of the Blood Supply

Routine screening measures that are already in place that prevent individuals with clinical respiratory infections from donating blood.  According to FDA, there have been no cases of coronaviruses (including SARS and MERS-CoV) reported or suspected from blood transfusions.

Your Health and Safety

Meticulous hand hygiene and environmental hygiene play a key role in isolation precautions. We have increased our routine cleaning and disinfection in our centers and mobile units and added additional hand hygiene supplies for donors. We encourage you to follow basic CDC recommended preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Thoroughly wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, when hand washing is not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Containing the Coronavirus

If you are feeling unwell for any reason, please do not come in. You may contact us to reschedule your appointment. We’d love to see you when you’re healthy, symptom-free of any cold or virus, and feeling better.

Donors please do not donate today if any of the following apply to you within the last 14 days:

  • Persistent Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
  • Or at least two of these symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Headache
    • Sore Throat
    • Congestion or Runny Nose
    • Muscle Pain
    • New Loss of Taste or Smell
    • Nausea or Vomiting
    • Diarrhea

If you develop an unexplained illness within the next 14 days PLEASE see your doctor and notify us as soon as possible at 1-877-24-BLOOD.

We will update our processes as more information becomes available. The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus spreads, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Please Donate Now and Often

Eligible donors of all ages and ethnicity are needed now more than ever. To be eligible to donate, donors must be in good health, feeling well, and have a normal temperature. We have moved to scheduled appointments only for donor centers and blood drives and are no longer accepting walk-ins. Visit crbs.net/donate/ or call a scheduler at 1-877-24-BLOOD. At time there may be a wait to donate and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Thank you for your selflessness and answering the call to roll up your sleeves and save your neighbors, friends, and family.

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Donations

Convalescent plasma is being evaluated for effectiveness against COVID-19.  With no vaccines or proven, effective drugs against this disease, convalescent plasma may be effective treatment for patients battling the disease.

Cascade Regional Blood Services is currently collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma for MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, MultiCare Allenmore Hospital, and MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

If you have received a positive test result for COVID-19 and have recovered, please consider donating plasma. For more information click here.

THE FIGHT IS IN US

COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of our lives – how we live, how we work, how we relate to one another. Moments like this can make us feel disempowered, especially when so many of us are physically separated from the loved ones who bring meaning to our lives. But it is these moments that shape us. They draw into focus the disparities between the world as it is and the world we want. They define who we are as a human family.

As business, non-profit and community leaders, we understand that this has not impacted all of us equally. This disease has disproportionately impacted people of color, not least of all because African Americans and other communities of color make up a high percentage of front-line workers in healthcare and other essential organizations. Many across America are bearing an unequal burden that is not unique to COVID-19, as recent demonstrations across the country have brought into sharp relief.

One action that you can take right now is to help COVID-19 survivors help others. If you or someone you know has recently recovered from COVID-19, a plasma donation can help those who are currently sick with the disease as well as aid in the development of potentially life-saving treatments. A coalition of more than 30 organizations has come together to create a national donor recruitment campaign – The Fight Is In Us – with the goal of connecting survivors with licensed blood and plasma donor centers. A simple online tool helps potential donors learn where to go and arrange free transportation to make it easy and convenient to share the antibodies that helped fight off infection. The Fight Is In Us was formed around a core set of principles to maximize the individual and societal benefit of convalescent plasma:

 Leave no survivor, nor one donor behind
 Unite behind a seamless donor experience
 Engage with and listen to the most disproportionately impacted communities

If you are a survivor or know a survivor, we encourage you to spread the word. Current and future COVID-19 patients around the world are counting on all of us to be successful in this endeavor.

For more information about how you can donate Convalescent COVID-19 please click here.

when tragedies strike around the country

We are deeply saddened by the senseless violence and tragic acts of nature around the country that impact our friends, family, neighbors, and those we have never met, and profoundly share their pain. Our heartfelt thoughts are with everyone who is impacted by these tragedies; the victims, their family & friends, the First Responders, the healthcare providers, and the entire community.

If hospitals in these states need assistance, we can and will work with Blood Centers of America to provide lifesaving blood to those patients. Please help us build up our supply in the event that we are asked to assist. The most critical need right now is Platelets and O Pos Blood Type; however, no matter your type, we welcome your support and generosity.

Set your date to donate at crbs.net or call 1-877-24-BLOOD.

If you have specific questions about the flu vaccine or donating blood, please call 1-877-24-BLOOD and speak to a donor specialist.

“Thousands of lives in Pierce and King Counties have been saved because of Cascade Regional Blood Services’ blood products. Without their partnership and the dedication of blood donors, our ability to help these patients would be very challenging. We are grateful that Cascade Regional Blood Services provides all the blood products for our patients in our Puget Sound area hospitals.”

– Multicare Health System

Donation Centers

Tacoma Donor Center

220 South I Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-383-2553

Monday: 9am to 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 7am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 7:30am to 1pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Federal Way Donor Center

909 South 336th St, Ste B-102
Federal Way, WA 98003
Calling from King County: 253-945-7974
Calling from Pierce County: 253-815-7740

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 9am to 4pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 7am to 4pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Puyallup Donor Center

615 East Pioneer Ave, Ste 114
Puyallup, WA 98372
253-841-4236

Monday: 9am to 5pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5pm
Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 7am to 5pm
Saturday: 7:30am to 1pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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