Our Lady of Lourdes in critical need of blood donations

Posted at 5:00 AM, May 25, 2020

There is a critical need for blood donations in Acadiana.

Our Lady of Lourdes said they have seen a drop in donations since COVID-19.

Suzy Picard, supervisor of the Blood Center at Lourdes, said they have increased their already in place "safe practices."

She said they disinfect more, staying six feet a part, and require everyone to wear a mask while in the building.

"People don't need to be afraid to come in," Suzy assured. "It's a safe process. We are still taking donations, not as many as I'd like, but it's been going on and we have yet to have someone call back and say they have Covid. It's very safe and we're taking all of those precautions that are recommended."

Picard added that without inventory on hand, scheduled surgeries will have to be postponed even further as well as other treatments people may need.

"Anybody needing life saving treatment-- we would like to have that blood on hand," Picard said. Cancer patients, people that are anemic and require certain transfusions as treatment."

Appointments are not required, but strongly encouraged.

Call (337) 470-4483 to make that appointment.

All people entering the building will have their temperature checked, and are required to wear a mask.

If you do not have a mask one will be provided to you.