Emergency appeal for type O- donors

Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati is releasing an emergency appeal for type O- blood. All eligible individuals are being asked to donate blood immediately.
“All individuals, with type O-, are urged to donate as soon as possible,” reports Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth spokesperson. “National blood supplies are extremely limited and we cannot rely on acquiring blood from other communities at this time.  We are at a critical level and need donors to respond.”
 Presently, the blood center has only two units of O- blood on the shelf.  
The O- blood is an emergency needs, however, we encourage individuals of all blood types to make a donation to serve patients in over 30 Tri-State hospitals.
 “The blood shortage has been brought on by heavy trauma and sickle cell usage,” said Dr. Jose Cancelas, Director.  “We are asking the community, to support our efforts to ensure that those in need will have lifesaving blood products available when needed.”
 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. Walk-ins are welcome, however appointments are encouraged. Call 513-451-0910 or visit hoxworth.org.
Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati serves over 30 hospitals in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

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