During National Blood Shortage, Nurses’ Efforts Can Make All the Difference

Contemporary Clinic Staff

Jennifer Andrews, MD, pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Vanderbilt University Medical and medical director of Vanderbilt University Medical’s blood bank, discusses the national blood shortage and its impact on health systems and patient care.

Contemporary Clinic interviewed Jennifer Andrews, MD, pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Vanderbilt University Medical and the medical director of the blood bank, on the national blood shortage in the United States. As the national inventory was beginning to recover toward the end of this summer, COVID-19 cases began to significantly increase as a result of the Delta variant, directly impacting donor turnout.

During the discussion, Andrews addressed what this blood shortage may mean for health systems, how this shortage may affect patient care and outcomes throughout the country, how the shortage may impact nurses caring for patients in health care settings, what nurses can do to help encourage patients to donate blood while receiving other health care services, and what health systems can do to further address this issue and increase blood donations.

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