Hoxworth Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Oh responds to local hospitals

By Chuck Gibson

CINCINNATI, OH (January 11, 2022) – Hoxworth Blood Centers released an alert Tuesday afternoon, January 11, announcing their response to the American Red Cross first ever National Blood Crisis from Hoxworth Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Oh. 

The American Red Cross’ recently  announced its first ever National Blood Crisis. The ARC is now strictly allocating and rationing blood to hospitals in parts of the country where they provide blood.  However, as the ONLY provider of blood products to the Tri-State area, Hoxworth Blood Center is still able to meet local demands. Chief Medical Officer for Hoxworth, Dr. David Oh, sent a letter to local area hospitals informing them of the Hoxworth response to the ARC announcement of a national blood crisis. 

Dr. David Oh, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hoxworth Blood Center. (Provided)

Here is the text of the letter sent by Dr. Oh to local hospitals: 

Hospital Partners,

You have already likely heard that the American Red Cross has issued its’ first ever National Blood Crisis and is
now strictly allocating and rationing blood to hospitals in parts of the country where they provide blood. As the
steward of the local blood supply, I would like to assure you that although we have a critical need for blood
donors, Hoxworth Blood Center is able to meet the local demands so that blood product availability and services are not the rate limiting factor in providing patient care.

 

In order to maximize efficiency of staffing during the Omicron surge, Hoxworth Blood Center is postponing all blood drives originally scheduled to be held on buses for the month of January. Blood drives scheduled indoors will continue as planned and all Neighborhood Donor Centers will remain open. If your hospital has a blood drive that has been canceled, please encourage your team members to make a blood or platelet donation at one of our
open Neighborhood Donor Centers in the name of your organization.

Blood donation is an essential act—the need for blood products doesn’t stop, even during a pandemic. Please know that we are doing our best to ensure the health and safety of both donors and Hoxworth employees. Masks are required by all donors, staff, and volunteers, and we continue to follow social distancing and sanitization procedures.

We appreciate your continued partnership. Please know that we are standing by and are ready to help with your
lifesaving care. 

Kind Regards,

David Oh, MD
Chief Medical Office

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