The Prachuap Khiri Khan hospital is experiencing serious problems with blood reserves at a critical level due to blood donors not traveling to the hospital during the COVID-19 epidemic.
It is normal to have at least 40 units of blood reserve per blood type per day in blood type O, type A, type B and type AB, especially type O, which is the group that has the most people.
Currently, the reserve is not more than 5 units per group per day only. It affects patient treatment because each operation requires at least four blood reserve units, while major surgery uses more than 10 units per patient.
Prachuap Khiri Khan Hospital is a provincial general hospital There are 280 patient beds and 6 operating rooms, so a large reserve of blood is needed each day.
Blood donors must not have any disease, aged 18 – 60 years old, weight 50 kg or more without risky behaviour in relation to sex or drugs. They must not taking antibiotics or medication to prevent blood clotting or muscle relaxants. Women cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding and before donating blood, donors should get enough sleep of at least 6 hours.
The hospital has strict measures for screening all blood donors. And check every bag of blood before delivering to patients Therefore, it is assured that the blood donation is safe.
Prachuap Khiri Khan Hospital has requested cooperation from the patient’s relatives to refrain from visiting during this period and to postpone the schedule of appointments that require surgery except emergency surgery or urgent needs only.