So far this year there have been 40,259 blood donations in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. With a view to the Christmas days, the German Red Cross appeals: Every donation counts.
Schwerin (dpa / mv) - In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the situation with blood donations is still tense. "Currently there is a certain tiredness with donations, in which the general mood in society certainly also plays a role," said the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania regional association of the German Red Cross (DRK) when asked.
The willingness to donate was "extraordinarily good" at the beginning of 2021. "With the lifting of the pandemic restrictions in the summer of last year and further easing this year, blood donation experienced its first slump," it said. According to DRK information, 40,259 donations had been made by November 22nd. In the whole of 2021 there were 43,286.
Due to the short shelf life of the preparations, blood platelets can only be stored for four days, red blood cells can be stored for a maximum of 49 days, and large inventories cannot be built up. "Short-term fluctuations in the need for care or in the willingness to donate lead directly to a tense situation in hospital care," emphasized the DRK. That's why every blood donation counts, also with a view to the Christmas period.