September 8, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center, in partnership with AABB and Fresenius Kabi, is celebrating the 15th annual Blood Collectors Week Sept. 6-12. This event honors all blood collection professionals whose work save lives each day.

Blood collectors serve as the vital link ensuring patients receive the blood components they need.  Their work has been more vital than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Blood donation and blood collection were deemed essential work during the pandemic lockdown to avert the additional health crisis of a blood shortage.

In early April CBC became the first blood center in Ohio to begin collecting COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) from donors who tested positive to COVID-19 and recovered. Their antibody-rich plasma continues to be in high demand at area hospitals and outside the CBC region for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

"Every day, our staff puts their strength, passion and experience to work to ensure patients receive the blood components they need," said CBC Collection Services Director Kay Ollech. "This has been especially true during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.   We are proud of you and thank you for being truly extraordinary people through this very trying year.  I can't emphasize enough the impact all of you have had screening and drawing our donors under so many difficult situations."

Blood Collectors Week was co-created and is sponsored by AABB, an international association for individuals and institutions in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies, and Fresenius Kabi, a global health care company that specializes in medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition.

During this week, CBC will join more than 270 blood centers across the U.S. celebrating their blood collectors who have gone above and beyond to create a positive donor experience and ensure a steady blood supply.

Health care professionals associated with blood collection include phlebotomists, apheresis operators, medical directors and donor recruiters.