Important Information on the Coronavirus
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2) is a respiratory virus that can spread from person to person. Symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Do NOT Donate Blood Today IF
IN THE PAST 28 DAYS:
- You have lived with an individual(s) diagnosed with or suspected of having 2019 novel coronavirus.
- You have been diagnosed with, or suspected of having, 2019 novel coronavirus.
Listen to Dr. Ward talk about the critical blood shortage due to the pandemic and how healthy, young people can help alleviate the shortage. Dr. Ward also discusses the precautions the Blood & Platelet Center is now taking to ensure donor safety.
Please listen to Dr Ward's segment, which begins @ 17:41 www.iheart.com/podcast
Donor Center Focus on Safety
UCLA Blood & Platelet Center (BPC) is an AABB-Accredited Blood Donor Center with the focus on Donor Safety First
AABB-accredited blood donor centers are:
• Required to follow AABB Standards to protect donor safety.
• Taking donor safety seriously as they respond to evolving concerns related to coronavirus.
• Implementing additional donor safety measures to further protect donors.
BPC is taking the following safety measures to help protect our staff and our donors:
- Follow a donation-by-appointment policy. You may make an appointment at https://www.uclahealth.org/gotblood/make-an-appointment or call 310-825-0888, option 2
- Limit donor center access to individuals with appointments who are not accompanied by others.
- Walk-in donors will be accommodated only when capacity allows for appropriate social distancing.
- Enforce donor self-deferral for donors who are at increased risk for COVID-19. Self-deferral information is listed at https://www.uclahealth.org/gotblood
- Ask donors to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after donation.
- Give donors more space during the entire process by increasing the distance between donors in the screening, collection and refreshment areas.
- Give donors increased spacing during the donation process. For bloodmobile drives, the collection process will be limited to only two donors at a time.
- Follow procedures for cleaning and disinfecting all areas and increase the frequency, such as cleaning the donor bed and other surfaces in the collection area after each donor.
- Increase the frequency for cleaning and disinfecting the donor screening and refreshment areas, restrooms, doorknobs and other surfaces.
- Empty waste bins frequently.
- Serve each donor individually wrapped snacks and drinks, limiting exposure to the supply, rather than allowing all donors access to the supply of snacks and drinks.
- UCLA staff follow UCLA COVID-19 policy and must stay home from work if they are sick.
Reference: AABB Donor-Center-Focus-on-Safety.pdf.