Blood shortage crisis raises concerns locally at Vitalant

Vitalant in Fargo is actively recruiting potential donors ages 20 to 45 as current donors continue to age out.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — “When you donate blood, you’re literally saving someone’s life which is just awesome and it doesn’t take much to do it,” Roberta Pytlik of Fargo said. A nationwide blood shortage is impacting hospitals and blood banks across the country. Vitalant Regional Director of Donor Recruitment Jennifer Bredahl says it’s impacting doctors and patients. “Physicians are having…

Regional Blood Supply is Plummeting, Vitalant Urges People to Donate

"When you donate, you are saving a life."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Red River Valley is experiencing a critical blood and platelet shortage. Vitalant is urging all eligible donors to make an appointment as soon as possible. “We have got a skyrocket of usage and we don’t have enough donors. We typically know how blood donations need to be used throughout the year, but with this pandemic,…

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…