The Sf.Apostol Andrei Clinical Emergency Hospital is facing “a severe lack of blood”, says the doctor from Galaţi. Even the emergency stock becomes “insufficient in the situation of simultaneous management of several acute cases”, so doctors postpone some operations and urge patients’ relatives to donate blood. The biggest problems arise in the case of the elderly who have no relatives or those who have relatives abroad.
“We have a lot of oncological cases that require major interventions, which certainly require transfusions and which we keep postponing until surgery. Family and friends are usually mobilized, going to donate. The situation becomes very ugly in the case of elderly patients, without relatives and whose friends are colleagues of the generation, unable to donate anymore”, explained surgeon Paul Ichim.
The Galaţi doctor warns that in case of a collective accident, the hospital will not meet the requests.
“I think with horror how we would manage in a situation of collective accident, natural or other catastrophes, induced by people. Then God would really be merciful, only that the Divinity left us a commandment, to love our neighbor, and donating blood for our fellow men in hospitals, really is a proof of affection. Without the intention of becoming pathetic, a movement of solidarity is required, a situation of this kind I have not encountered so far in my medical practice”, stated Paul Ichim.
The surgeon from Galaţi puts his hopes in a legislative project according to which people who donate blood twice a year have the right to park for free in any public parking lot in Romania.
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