What we’re doing:
The Blood Center would like to emphasize that sanitation, cleanliness, and safety for our donors, patients, and staff has always been #1. Our donor centers follow appropriate infection control standards put forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which include:
- Sanitation of donor waiting rooms and donation chairs.
- Hospital-grade disinfectant wipes and cleaning formulas
- Frequently changed single-use medical gloves
- Various actions on the part of blood centers to implement social distancing and other safety protocols for donors and staff
- Hand sanitizer is provided in donation areas for donors and staff
- Space chairs in waiting room, donation room, canteen, mobiles as much as possible
- Increase cleaning and disinfecting -pens/clip boards/etc. between each donor
- All donors are given their own single use glove to wear while using their squeeze ball
According to the FDA, there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted COVID-19 Coronavirus and there is no known risk of transmission through the blood donation process since respiratory viruses are generally not known to be passed on through blood donation or transfusion. In addition, blood donation is not a mass gathering or social event and is by appointment only.
About the Antibodies Test:
The Blood Center is using the Roche Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody test which received the U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization in April. The test is designed to help determine if a patient has been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and if the patient has developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2