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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 08/21/01
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Emergency Appeal for Blood Donors

Cincinnati--Hoxworth Blood Center is issuing an emergency appeal for volunteer blood donors. The Greater Cincinnati area has a critical need for all blood types, especially types "O" positive, "O" negative and "A" negative.

The need for type "O" is the greatest. Nearly 44 percent of the population has type "O" blood, so if you have never donated before or don't know your blood type, there is a good chance you have type "O."

Summer is always a difficult season to maintain an adequate blood supply. Many factors account for the decreased donations. Donors go on vacation and schools are on summer break. Recent layoffs, furloughs and temporary closings at local companies have also significantly reduced the number of donors at blood drives.

"There is a critical need for blood donors," said Ronald A. Sacher, MD, director, Hoxworth Blood Center, UC Medical Center. At least 325 volunteer donors are needed daily to meet the demand of 24 hospitals in 14 counties in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Donating blood is safe and easy. You must be at least 17 years old and in good health. You must weigh at least 100 pounds and bring identification in order to donate. You may donate at one of Hoxworth's seven neighborhood donor centers. Locations include Clifton, Downtown, Tri-County, Anderson, Western Hills, Blue Ash and Fort Mitchell.

Please call (513) 451-0910 or (800) 830-1091 to schedule an appointment to donate.

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