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The EFS is sounding the alarm: make an appointment to donate your blood!

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The French Blood Establishment published this Wednesday June 3 an alarmist press release. “The situation is worrying today: blood supplies are now below the alert level and everything indicates that they continue to decrease.“Now, if the situation has improved considerably on an epidemic level,”patient needs are still as great, or even more with the resumption of hospital activity“. Paradoxically, the EFS has noted since May 11, the date of the start of deconfinement in France, a drop in frequentation of donors who, however,” responded present at the height of the health crisis “. It therefore calls for “take over now“. To find a collection, visit the EFS website.

Two collections are soon to be organized in Caen: Friday June 12 at the town hall, from 11 am to 7 pm, Scriptorium room, and Saturday June 13 at the donation house next to the CHU de Caen from 8 am to 6 pm. To make an appointment, towards this website.

Report during the epidemic:

In front of the town hall of Evrecy, a small poster indicates that this is where blood donation takes place. And yet outside it is flat calm. No waiting lines – nothing to do with the collection organized two weeks earlier, where dozens of donors had to give up in the face of the crowds and the waiting time in order to donate.

“It is good to avoid that that we changed things,” said the doctor who organized the day’s collection. Catherine Rossa explains that “donors must now register: when they receive a text message inviting them to donate, they just have to click on a link which leads them to choose their donation time. “

registration can be done via sms / © SL
registration can be done via sms / © SL

And making an appointment seems effective: at the entrance, therefore, no endless waiting, no risk of being around other donors for too long.

First step: put your hands on hydroalcoholic gel and check the time slot. Then nothing changes. Or almost, like this detail: the identity card no longer passes from hand to hand.

In fact, here in the large village hall, barrier gestures are applied to the letter. Donors who complete their donation questionnaire are placed far from each other.

Even confined with a covid-19 patient, you can donate blood

“If you live with a covid-19 patient, you can donate blood as long as you have no symptoms,” says Catherine Rossa.
“People think it is impossible but you just have to specify it when you arrive and the donor is asked to wear a mask. For the rest, the barrier gestures are sufficient since the virus is not transmitted by blood ”.

Laetitia has been collecting blood for 20 years / © SL / FTVLaetitia has been collecting blood for 20 years / © SL / FTV
Laetitia has been collecting blood for 20 years / © SL / FTV

Once the medical interview has been validated, please do not go too close to the other donors when lying on the beds.

Laetitia, a nurse who has been drawing blood for 20 years, explains that “the collection itself was already very much framed by sanitary measures, there was no need to add more. The only change is that you have to disinfect the bed and the tourniquet between each donor. “

3/4 of the usual blood needs must continue to be met / © SL3/4 of the usual blood needs must continue to be met / © SL
3/4 of the usual blood needs must continue to be met / © SL

When pricking the vein, Laetitia specifies that “this situation evokes that after the attacks: the donors came very numerous. Surely the urge to feel useful. “

“This is exactly why I come to donate my blood.” Richard, the donor lying a little further confirms.
“We are locked up at home and we have time, so that’s a way to help, to feel useful. Usually I donate when my blood drives my business. “

If the gestures do not change, solidarity may be more present / © SLIf the gestures do not change, solidarity may be more present / © SL
If the gestures do not change, solidarity may be more present / © SL

This organization by appointment seems to convince the nurses. “The flow is better regulated, there is no massive influx of donors followed by downtime; there, the work is continuous, and we gain in efficiency “according to Laetitia.

In fact, if the room is very quiet, donors keep arriving without creating a saturation phenomenon, which of course makes it easier to respect safety distances.

Thanks to meetings, the flow of donors is better regulated / © SL / FTVThanks to meetings, the flow of donors is better regulated / © SL / FTV
Thanks to meetings, the flow of donors is better regulated / © SL / FTV

The Evrecy collection time slots were quickly occupied, proof of the willingness to give and the simplicity of the process. 75 people were able to donate blood in 3 hours. At the EFS, it is estimated that three-quarters of the need for blood for infusions is current. So there is always time to register and donate.

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