Hoxworth Blood Center at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health
Center has issued an emergency appeal for donors with all blood types.
As of Tuesday (Aug. 8) morning, the community blood supply was down over 400 units in Type O and almost 200 units in Type A (one unit = one donor).
shortage can be attributed to a significant decrease in donors coming
in to give blood this summer. Hoxworth saw about 700 fewer donors in July 2006 as compared to July 2005 (7,411 donors in July 2005 compared to 6,672 in July 2006).
"Despite our best efforts to attract donors this summer through marketing and incentive campaigns such as ticket giveaways and prize raffles,
we are having a difficult time meeting the needs of our hospital
partners and their patients," said Michael Anderson, spokesperson for
Hoxworth. “This situation is very serious and we do not expect the
blood supply to return to normal levels for at least a week.”
there has been a blood shortage for most of the summer. Regionally, the
cities of Dayton, Indianapolis and Lexington have all had significant
shortages within the past month.
donors do not help with the emergency shortage, blood inventories at
local hospitals will be at dangerously low levels.
can schedule an appointment at one of Hoxworth’s eight neighborhood
donor centers by calling (513) 451-0910 or (800) 830-1091. Hoxworth
operates donation centers in Anderson, Blue Ash, UC Medical Center,
Downtown, Ft. Mitchell, Ft. Thomas, Tri-County and Western Hills.
Operating days and hours vary with each center. Appointments in advance are encouraged for quicker service, but walk-in’s will be taken on a first come-first serve basis.
donors who give blood at any blood drive or donor center through
Saturday, Sept. 2 will automatically be entered into a drawing to win
two tickets to each of the 2006 Bengals regular season home games
Blood Center at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
needs to collect from 350 volunteer blood donors and 40 volunteer
platelet donors each day to keep up with the demands of tri-state
hospitals and their patients. Hoxworth, founded in 1938, serves 28
hospitals in 17 counties in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and
Southeastern Indiana. Annually, Hoxworth collects over 94,000 units of
blood from local volunteer donors.