Blood supply at RIPAS Hospital running low

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THE blood bank at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital is currently facing a shortage of blood supplies, forcing some surgeries to be put on hold as patients wait for more blood donors to come forward.

Earlier this week, the Blood Donation Centre made a plea to the public to donate blood as supply levels across all blood groups were very low. With an average usage of 30 units daily, scientific officer Ken Teo said the demand for blood was exceeding the supply coming in.

He explained that fewer people were donating blood over the holiday period this month, causing the blood supply levels to drop.

“We’re always in need of more blood donations, because our blood supply levels are constantly diminishing,” said Teo in an interview yesterday, urging members of the public to donate their blood to the RIPAS Blood Bank.

Following the appeal made online via the RIPAS Blood Bank’s social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, a number of people have come forward to donate their blood.

Over 137 pints of blood were collected at the Blood Donation Centre this week, however Teo commented that supply levels for blood groups A, O and AB remain low. Blood group B, meanwhile, has been sufficiently replenished.

“But we still need more donors from all blood groups,” said Teo, pointing out that supply levels have yet to match the demand for blood.

Some surgeries have been put on hold due to the shortage of blood with priority being given to patients who are experiencing major bleeding and those with blood disorders such as thalassemia.

When faced with sudden demand for blood transfusion, Teo said patients have had to seek blood donations from their family and friends.

In a bid to overcome the shortage of blood supplies at the RIPAS Blood Bank, the Blood Donation Centre have actively carried out campaigns with the collaboration of various government and private agencies including the Fire and Rescue Department as well as the CfBT Learning Centre.

More campaigns have been planned for the month with a total of 100 pints of blood collected so far this the week.

The public can also donate blood through the Blood Donation Centre at RIPAS Hospital in Bandar Seri Begawan between 7.45am to 11.45am and 1.30pm to 4pm on weekdays from Monday to Thursday and Saturday.

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The Brunei Times