All eligible individuals are being asked to donate blood immediately.
“There have been several massive transfusions of Type O blood in our local hospitals due to traumas and transplants,” reports Cara Nicolas, Hoxworth spokesperson. “We need eligible individuals to schedule a blood donation as soon as possible, preferably before the holidays, to ensure we have a adequate supply of blood for local patients.”
According to Nicolas, Hoxworth’s current inventory of type O+ blood is less than 45% of what is necessary to meet the needs of local hospitals. Type O+ is one of the most common blood types, which means it is one of the most needed types in hospitals; type O- is the universal donor that can be transfused to any other blood type in an emergency.
Hoxworth is offering special incentives to donors who roll up a sleeve at one of seven Neighborhood Donor Centers this month:
- Now through Dec. 11: Light-up holiday hat
- Dec. 12-19: Limited-edition insulated tumbler
- Dec. 20-27: UC Playoff Under Armour t-shirt
- Dec. 28-31: $10 e-gift card
“Many other blood centers in the U.S. are struggling to maintain a solid inventory of blood and platelets right now. With this in mind, we cannot rely on obtaining blood products from other communities to support our own blood supply. Every blood transfusion that is given to a patient in need comes from a volunteer donor, and we are calling on the Cincinnati community to come to our aid at this time.” – David Oh, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Hoxworth Blood Center.
Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati was founded in 1938 and serves more than 30 hospitals in 18 counties in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. Annually, Hoxworth collects more than 90,000 units of blood from local donors to help save the lives of patients in area hospitals. Hoxworth Blood Center:
Saving Lives Close to Home.