Local hospitals ask community for blood donations amid ‘trauma season’ – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — It may look like summer on the outside, but inside hospitals, doctors have said it’s trauma season.

“The weather is nice. ATVs, boats, motorcycles are out and large gatherings of people,” said Dr. Allan Philp, who is the chief medical officer at Allegheny General Hospital.

These incidents are accompanied by an increased need for blood.

“We generally like…to have so many days of blood storage and for most…of the year we’re here,” Philp said.

Philp said the national blood shortage was starting to impact local supplies. For the regional network of 62 hospitals that includes AHN and UPMC, the amount of blood in reserve is only about a day’s worth.

“Violent crime and violent injuries are on the rise across the country with so many more shootings and stabbings post-COVID. It’s true here, the need is higher and the supply is lower,” Philp said.

Although the hospital has yet to call off the operation, Philp said if another shooting on Airbnb were to occur, there wouldn’t be enough blood locally.

That’s why he encourages people to step up and donate blood to help.

“It’s the same way of saying, ‘I’m going to support a fundraiser for the local park’ or something for schools to get a playground. This is community service in the same way,” Philp said.

Although you don’t see any major signs of major blood drives after the pandemic, there is always a place nearby where you can stop and give blood almost every day of the week.

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