TODAY'S GREATEST NEED

As we navigate through this uncertain time, blood type needs are changing rapidly, based on the needs of the hospitals we serve. All blood types are needed, especially O-negative; the universal donor. 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 - Blood Donating Update

Donate in May and throughout the summer – Donating is by Appointment Only, at This Time

Donating blood is an essential service and encouraged activity; not a social gather. 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. We have moved away from allowing walk-ins at all donor centers and blood drives. PLEASE visit crbs.net/donate/ and make an appointment for May – and again in the summer to ensure the blood supply is available in our community as we stay strong together – 6′ apart.

Due to the cancellation of elective surgeries in the community and the overwhelming response of our donors we are at a safe inventory level for the time being. However, we are very concerned about the month of May and beyond, due to cancellation of hundreds of blood drives.

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

Cascade Regional Blood Services continues to monitor the recent outbreak of the new strain of coronavirus (2019 n-CoV). The 2019 n-CoV poses no risk to blood donors, either during the donation process or from attending organized blood drives. The 2019 n-CoV also poses no risk to patients receiving blood transfusions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not recommended any additional action by blood centers. “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.

A risk that is ever-present however is a lack of blood for patients in need. The current flu season and the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a decrease in donations which threatens the continued availability of a robust supply. Every 3 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and more than 31,000 pints of blood are used daily. Less than 10 percent of Americans currently donate each year. To keep our donors and staff safe and adhere to the social distancing policy, 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.

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. The coronavirus does not pose any risk to blood donors, either during the donation process or from attending organized blood drives. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to monitor the coronavirus, COVID-19, and have not recommended any additional action be taken by blood centers at this time.

We have safety measures in place to minimize contact with fellow donors. To allow for appropriate social distancing and manage donor flow, we ask that you make an appointment.

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:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • You traveled in the last two weeks by plane, train, or cruise ship
  • You have been diagnosed with or suspected of having novel COVID-19 infection.
  • Have you lived with, or cared for, someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past two weeks?

In addition, the normal donor screening process includes evaluation of your health today, your travel history and your temperature. These criteria help us assure blood safety.

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 ethnicities 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 and MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center.

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

Flu Season

An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter – the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades. This year the flu epidemic began months earlier than typical and has already reached epic proportions. With so many folks affected by the flu, our hospitals are often over-flowing with patients, and our blood centers struggle to keep up with the demand on the blood supply. When our donors are ill, it is challenging to keep our area hospitals stocked with the life-saving product. We encourage all healthy, eligible folks to donate blood throughout the winter months, so we can keep pace with the patients in need.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine, which is why Cascade Regional Blood Services provides the vaccine to our staff. We need to remain healthy so we are well enough to donate blood, and to protect our donors so they too stay healthy.

Despite seasonal illnesses, the need for blood remains constant and we rely on healthy donors to roll up their sleeves and give as often as possible throughout the flu season. Please get your flu vaccine every autumn, so you stay healthy and are eligible to donate blood this winter and spring.

According to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, everyone six months and older needs a flu vaccine each year. Vaccines are available at your doctor’s office and local pharmacy, or find a provider near you on the Health Map Vaccine website at vaccinefinder.org.

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 O Pos, O Neg, and B Neg; 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 - Extended Hours for the Month of April

Tacoma Donor Center

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

EXTENDED HOURS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

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 (Open until 3pm in April)
Sunday: CLOSED

EXTENDED HOURS FOR APRIL:

Saturday 7:30am – 3pm

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

EXTENDED HOURS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

Monday: 12noon to 7pm (Open Monday in April)
Tuesday: 9am to 4pm
Wednesday: 12noon to 7pm (Open Wednesday in April)
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 7am to 4pm
Saturday: 7:30am to 1pm (Open until 3pm in April)
Sunday: CLOSED

EXTENDED HOURS FOR APRIL:

Monday: 12noon to 7pm
Wednesday: 12noon to 7pm
Saturday: 7:30 to 3pm

Puyallup Donor Center

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

EXTENDED HOURS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

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 (Open until 3pm in April)
Sunday: CLOSED

EXTENDED HOURS FOR APRIL:

Saturday 7:30am – 3pm

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