VUMC blood drives exceed goals, helping to save more than 500 lives

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vanderbilt University Medical Center exceeded its donor blood drive goal to ensure that Tennessee Region Blood Services would be able to continue to meet the needs of the patients it serves.

Tennessee Region Blood Services partnered with VUMC on five blood drives -- two of those being last-minute additions -- to help offset the reduction in blood donations due to COVID-19 impact.

“You absolutely blew every blood drive you had on the books out of the water with what you all were able to collect, and I cannot thank you enough for all of your help and support,” Greg Salkind, senior account manager of Donor Recruitment, wrote to VUMC donor blood drive organizers in an email.

The results of the blood drives are below (note that all drives had a goal of collecting 20 units)

  • March 3: 33 units collected, which will help save the lives of up to 99 patients
     
  • March 17: 45 units collected, which will help save the lives of up to 135 patients
     
  • March 24 (Last minute add): 22 units collected, which will help save the lives of up to 66 patients
     
  • March 26 (Last minute add): 51 units collected, which will help save the lives of up to 153 patients
     
  • March 31: 30 units collected, which will help save the lives of up to 90 patients

“The total number of units VUMC was expected to collect was 100, and it collected 181 units for 181% of its goal, which is absolutely tremendous,” Salkind said.

VUMC will continue to host blood drives in April.