Vitalant Is Facing A Blood Shortage

The organization says there's less than a four-day supply of most blood types to meet a patient's needs.

MINNESOTA & NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR)– On World Blood Donor Day, Vitalant is asking for all eligible donors to donate blood as the non-profit is facing a shortage. The organization says there’s less than a four-day supply of most blood types to meet a patient’s needs. Type O blood is below a two-day supply. This type is used in trauma situations….

Vitalant uses convalescent plasma donations to help others still fighting the virus

Convalescent plasma contains antibodies that help boost a patient's ability to fight COVID-19

FARGO, N.D. — Susan and Scott Jorissen were traveling through Peru and Ecuador right around the time the pandemic starting getting serious. “We literally left Ecuador at a quarter to twelve the night that they were shutting the airport down,” said Susan Jorissen. The Valley City couple made it back to the U.S. safely, but they could tell something was…

Vitalant Launching New Program To Treat COVID-19 Patients Using Plasma

Although trials for a vaccine are underway, it is expected to be many months before one is approved.

FARGO, N.D. –Vitalant is launching a new program to treat COVID-19 patients. The program uses the blood plasma donated by people who have recovered from the disease. It’s called “convalescent plasma”, it provides antibodies that can give patients an extra boost in fighting the virus. It is currently the only antibody treatment available to COVID-19 patients Currently, there are no…

Vitalant Seeking Convalescent Plasma Donors

BISMARCK, N.D.–Vitalant and the North Dakota Department of Health are asking anyone who previously tested positive for COVID-19 to donate plasma. The plasma from previously infected individuals is being used as an investigational treatment for COVID-19 patients. NDDoH field medical officer Dr. Joan Connell says, “There have already been a few cases in North Dakota where convalescent plasma treatment has…

Vitalant seeks donors to curb period of low blood supply

The organization is asking those under the age of 60 to donate

FARGO, N.D. — Spring is usually a steady time for the blood collecting nonprofit, Vitalant, but with more and more closures amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of donors the organization is seeing is low. “This time of year we do a lot of blood drives at businesses, high schools, colleges and because those are all being closed down, it…

Coronavirus Causing Blood Donation Shortage Nationwide

FARGO, ND – The coronavirus is taking it’s toll on a lot of industries, including one that saves lives. Blood donation facilities are currently facing a nationwide shortage. It is due to the spread of the coronavirus and new CDC guidelines forcing blood drives to cancel and discouraging people from coming to facilties to donate. Vitalant says people shouldn’t be…

Healthy blood donors needed among Coronavirus concerns

Those at Vitalant say there's been a drastic decline in donors

FARGO, N.D. — Staff at Vitalant in Fargo say the need for blood donations is more urgent amid coronavirus concerns. They say there’s been a decline in donors coming in and a 30 percent increase in no-shows. The CDC says it’s highly unlikely COVID-19 can be transmitted through blood transfusions. Those at Vitalant say it’s imperative that healthy people donate…

Healthy Blood Donors Needed for Hospital Patients Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The blood collection process is safe and has no impact on the donor's immune system.

FARGO, N.D.–Vitalant and other blood centers nationwide are encouraging healthy individuals to donate blood to ensure hospitals have enough in case COVID-19 infections increase. All blood types and components are needed especially platelets and type O blood. Platelets only have a shelf life of five days so frequent donations are important, and type O blood is the universal blood type….