CINCINNATI—Hoxworth Blood Center at the University of Cincinnati has an urgent need for all type O blood donors as the local blood supply is at a critical level.
"Hoxworth is faced with a critically low inventory of type O blood which is the result of heavy hospital usage," says Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth spokesperson. "We need donors in the Tristate to step forward to meet the demand locally.
"We are asking eligible type O donors to make a donation at their earliest convenience in order to support patients at the 32-area hospitals we serve."
Hoxworth operates eight neighborhood donor centers in Anderson, Blue Ash, the UC Academic Health Center, Downtown, Ft. Mitchell, Mason, Tri-County and Western Hills. In times of shortages, walk-ins are always welcome.
How to Donate:
Donating blood is safe and easy. You must be at least 17-years-old (or 16-years-old with a signed parental consent) and in good health. You must weigh at least 110 pounds and bring identification to donate. It is recommended that donors eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours before donating.
Hoxworth Blood Center at the University of Cincinnati is on a campaign to recruit "100,000 Donors. 100,000 Heroes." Founded in 1938, Hoxworth serves 32 hospitals in 17 counties in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. Annually, Hoxworth collects over 90,000 units of blood from local donors. At least 350 volunteer blood donors and 40 volunteer platelet donors are essential each day to keep up with the demands of Tritate hospitals and their patients.