After a particularly successful drive in Ohio County last week, a federal donation aggregate has called on the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center in Owensboro to help supply components for Inauguration Day in Washington D.C. READ MORE>> Blood Center Assists Inaugural Efforts
Solera Health and Blood Centers of America Align To Deliver National Diabetes Prevention Program to Patients at the Hyper-Local Level
West Warwick, RI and Phoenix, AZ-October 31, 2016– Blood Centers of America (BCA) and Solera Health, an integrator of chronic disease prevention and management solutions, today announced they have entered into a strategic partnership to address the type 2 diabetes epidemic by implementing diabetes prevention and management programs to reach individuals across the diverse landscape of BCA’s service area. Under the terms of the agreement, BCA and its members will join Solera’s integrated network of partners who are working towards preventing and managing chronic disease.
BCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) was built with the goal of engaging their community population to get more involved in their health and to take the necessary steps to make healthy lifestyle changes to maintain or improve their health. The chronic disease prevention initiative, which is expected to initially launch in BCA blood centers located in California, and then expand to its network of 300+ fixed site locations across the country. Click Here to Read More.
If Zika virus comes to the United States, will the US blood supply be at risk?
Because the disease has demonstrated that it can pass via blood from mother to fetus, and via other bodily fluids between sexual partners, the question lurks in the back of most discussions of Zika’s likely arrival on the US mainland. And because there is not now a test for donated blood, keeping the virus out of the blood supply relies on people adhering to restrictions published by the Food and Drug Administration that ask travelers to defer donating for a period of time—an imprecise deterrent, but currently as good as it gets. Read more
March 7, 2016
The American Red Cross, Blood Centers of America, and America’s Blood Centers, issued the following joint statement regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announcement of blood product shipments to Puerto Rico in response to the Zika virus outbreak on the island:
“Through the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Red Cross, Blood Centers of America, and America’s Blood Centers are providing additional shipments of blood products from the continental United States to Puerto Rico to ensure the safety and availability of the blood supply for the island during an outbreak of Zika virus. On the mainland, there is currently no local transmission of Zika from mosquitoes.
The Red Cross, Blood Centers of America, and America’s Blood Centers have adequate inventory to meet the needs in Puerto Rico as well as the needs of our hospital partners in the continental U.S. Blood is routinely provided where it’s needed most across the country.
Within the coming week, the Red Cross and members of Blood Centers of America and America’s Blood Centers will have completed implementation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s guidance to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmission of Zika virus. This guidance is in addition to previously applied recommendations of AABB, which asked blood donors who have traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central or South America to refrain from donating, or postpone their blood or platelet donations until four weeks after their return to the continental U.S. We also ask that if a donor does donate and subsequently develops symptoms consistent with Zika virus infection within two weeks of that donation, that he or she immediately notify that blood center so that we can quarantine the product.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and that need can only be met through the generosity of volunteer donors. Eligible individuals are always encouraged to give blood or platelets. Visit redcrossblood.org or americasblood.org to make an appointment to donate.”