SAN JUAN – The executive director of the Puerto Rico Medical Services Administration (ASEM), Jorge Matta González, urged citizens on Friday, non-profit organizations, private companies, municipalities and government agencies to give life through the donation of blood.
“At ASEM we receive the most critical health cases, so blood and platelets are always in constant demand. This situation is aggravated in circumstances such as the one we are experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic and constant earthquakes, which is why the need to have the necessary inventory in advance, “explained the public official when anticipating that to set the example and To partially mitigate the situation, the directors of the components of the Department of Health will be the first to donate blood. The commitment is to go to the ASEM Blood Bank as soon as tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.
According to the Executive Director of the Adult University Hospital (UDH), the optimal scenario would be to have blood for 7 to 14 days and “we are below that number.”
He assured that even in the pandemic, the ASEM Blood Bank continues to offer services and receive donors under strict security protocols in order to protect and guarantee the safety of both staff and donors against the threat of COVID-19. The services are being offered from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sundays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
“We are aware of the limitations that the pandemic creates for us, but we have properly trained and trained nursing staff. In addition, ASEM has a mobile unit that allows us to move to any place in Puerto Rico if necessary, ”Matta González said in written statements.
He added that donating blood is of vital importance for polytrauma patients with penetrating wounds, as well as for patients with other health conditions who need frequent blood transfusions as part of their treatment.
“We are making the call because we know the generosity of the people in Puerto Rico. Blood for many means life and that is what we want to assure you, “he concluded, clarifying that the process of donating blood is safe and does not affect the immune system.
As a requirement to donate blood, the person must be over 18 years of age, weigh more than 110 pounds, feel healthy, free of cold symptoms and must have fed well before donating. It must also have been 90 days or more since your last blood donation and you may not have ingested antibiotics in the last 48 hours before the donation process. People with tattoos, body piercings, or permanent makeup can donate after three months have passed.
The ASEM Blood Bank needs 1,300 monthly donors as it supplies blood to the University Hospital, Pediatric Hospital, Industrial Hospital, Municipal Hospital, Trauma Hospital and the Emergency Room. Those interested in donating blood or platelets can contact (787) 777-3844 or through the ASEM telephone box, (787) 777-3535, extension 6550. Due to the pandemic, the donation is coordinated by appointment.