Urgent need for blood donors today (File)
High overnight demand has severely decreased our inventory of blood red blood cell products. This combined with anticipated heavy usage for the next week is forcing us to make a plea for all eligible individuals to donate blood immediately.
“Anyone who is eligible to give blood or platelets is urged to donate as soon as possible,” reports Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth spokesperson. “Type O inventory is at a critical level; however, we are encouraging donors of all blood types as inventory across the board is limited. We are extending our collection hours at our donor centers in order to meet the needs of area patients.”
Hoxworth’ s current inventory is low enough that pleas have been made to other area blood banks for blood and platelet products. Additionally, we encourage local businesses and community group to consider hosting a blood drive at your location.
“The blood shortage is associated with the ramp up of surgeries and transplants at all of the hospitals we serve,” said Dr. Jose Cancelas, Director at Hoxworth Blood Center. “While we’ve reached out to some of our partner blood banks in the U.S., we cannot rely on acquiring blood from other communities. We need the Tri-State community to respond to our plea so we can supply lifesaving blood products to patients in area hospitals.”
Hoxworth operates seven Neighborhood Donor Centers in Anderson, Blue Ash, Ft. Mitchell, West Chester, Tri-County, Western Hills and the Hoxworth Center adjacent to University Hospital. Hoxworth also operates multiple mobile blood drives daily. Walk-ins are welcome; however, appointments are encouraged. Call (513) 451-0910 or visit hoxworth.org to schedule.