By Carl Norman
Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center Recruiter
To allow people to donate blood with ample social distancing, the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center has set aside 8 to 11 a.m. Thursdays for individual and small-group appointments.
Appointments can be made by calling 573.596.5385, or e-mailing email@example.com.
The Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center is located at 6656 Colorado Avenue (Bldg. 822) on post. Regular operating hours each week are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
“It is safe to donate blood,” said Adm. (Dr.) Brett P. Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Part of preparedness includes a robust blood supply. Healthy individuals should schedule an appointment to donate today to ensure that blood is available for those patients who need it.”
Blood centers are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and must follow specific guidelines to ensure safe blood is available for patients at all times.
Donors should bring their ID card (military ID or driver’s license) and a list of places they’ve been outside the United States with them to donate.
For everyone’s continued safety during the coronavirus pandemic, donors can expect the following when they arrive to donate:
— Hand sanitizers available at all stations during the collection process.
— All equipment, stations and phlebotomy beds sanitized after every donor.
— Staff enforcing social distancing (six feet) to the greatest extend possible.
— Staff, donors and visitors screened and temperature taken before entering the building.
The donor center staff also asks each donor to consider the following before coming to donate:
— Anyone with a runny nose, cough or who are sneezing should wait at least two weeks before donating.
— Anyone who has traveled to any overseas location, been on a cruise or visited Fort Belvoir, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Washington state, California or Pitkin, Gunnison, Eagle or Summit counties in Colorado in the last 14 days should wait at least two weeks before donating.
— Anyone who has been in close contact with someone known to have the 2019 novel coronavirus should wait at least two weeks before donating.
The Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center collects blood for the Armed Services Blood Program, whose mission is to make sure the Military Healthcare System has the 400 units of blood it needs every day.