This is a reminder that Thanksgiving is next week. We anticipate severe platelet shortages for the first week of December. Platelet availability will be VERY tight December 1-4. Monday and Tuesday will be the worst days since there will be virtually no blood donations Thursday-Sunday. If you have elective surgeries with high anticipated platelet needs, I would recommend rescheduling for the following week.
I guess I never thought of that, but it makes sense.
Platelet availability is dependent on recent (last 4-5 day) platelet donations. The week immediately after Thanksgiving and the Christmas-New Year holidays are always characterized by platelet shortages due to low whole blood donations in the preceding week.