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
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
"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.
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.