Aug 03, 2020 9:00 AM

As summer of 2020 comes to a close, not only is Utah working through the coronavirus pandemic and adjusting to a new normal, we also in the middle of what ARUP Blood Services calls “trauma season.” With people outside enjoying summer activities, injuries increase. In addition, the number of blood drives drops significantly during summer. While non-essential surgeries were postponed during Utah’s Stay Safe, Stay Home directive, ARUP was able to keep up with demands for blood. Now, with the number of surgeries increasing, ARUP will need more blood donations.

Kelly Cail, ARUP group manager for transfusion services, says, “We are the sole blood provider to the whole University of Utah Health system, which includes Huntsman Cancer Institute. All of our blood is provided locally and stays local. We have never watched the blood more closely in the past 23 years that I’ve worked with ARUP than we have in the past few months to make sure that we have enough.”

ARUP is doing everything it can to help protect people donating blood and maintain CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of coronavirus. For example, ARUP requires distancing between donors and disinfects surfaces after each use.

“There’s always a need for blood and what’s on the shelves gets used,” Cail says. Scheduling your donations on a regular basis is a good way to help. Locate a blood drive in your area or schedule an appointment at an ARUP donor center.

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