Local nurse inspired to become a blood donor after seeing the need for herself
CENTRAL TEXAS – COVID-19 has significantly slowed blood donation. Right now the demand is high and the supply is low. A nurse from Baylor Scott and White is doing her part to help, having seen the need and impact firsthand.
Lisa Bailey RN, BSN at Baylor Scott and White Nurse decided she would be a regular blood donor in 1994 when she started working at the hospital. Working in the operating room, Bailey saw the need firsthand.
“I work in the operating room so I realized how important it is to see the use of blood,” Bailey said.
After hip replacement surgery a few years ago, she needed blood herself.
Bailey said: “I felt the difference it made. I was just becoming a different person. I felt better once I got this blood.
She now strives to donate regularly, especially now with a critical blood shortage nationwide.
Vickie Carpenter of Carter Blood Care said, “Right now we are coming out of a 15 month blood shortage. Summer is still considered our critical needs months.
Dr Bill Morgan Trauma Medical Director at BSW Hillcrest said that during the summer people have more free time, so more accidents are more likely to happen.
“People aren’t at work, and they’re gone, you know, on their jet skis or their ATVs or their motorcycles,” Dr. Morgan said.
The need for blood is magnified for trauma patients, as well as for people with kidney disease or cancer, who regularly rely on blood.
“The need for blood is going to get higher, just because of the way we treat these trauma patients. So, I mean, blood and blood products are becoming more and more important in the medical profession,” the doctor said. Dr Morgan.
You may be wondering, what can I do to help you?
“Donate to a blood drive,” Carpenter said.
Dr Morgan believes that blood drives are essential to ensure that a constant supply of blood is always readily available.
“I mean, without them we couldn’t do our jobs and people wouldn’t survive,” Morgan said.