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Critical need for blood donors due to extreme cold and canceled blood drives

'National blood supplies are extremely limited'
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Posted at 1:54 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 13:54:33-05

CINCINNATI — There is a critical need for Type O and Type A blood in the region, according to a news release from Hoxworth Blood Center. The extreme cold and canceled blood drives are behind the "critical shortage," and everyone with Type O or Type A blood is encouraged to donate.

"National blood supplies are extremely limited and we cannot rely on acquiring blood from other communities at this time," said spokesperson Alecia Lipton. "We are at a critical level and need donors to respond."

WCPO learned that a blood drive scheduled at the University of Cincinnati Wednesday was canceled. The campus was closed due to the weather. The blood center has about 65 percent of the optimal inventory for Type O-negative blood, and about 71 percent for Type A blood. Walk-in appointments are welcome at Hoxworth's seven neighborhood donor centers.

"We are asking the community, to support our efforts to ensure that those in need will have lifesaving blood products available when needed," said Dr. Jose Cancelas, director of the Hoxworth Blood Center.

Hoxworth Blood Center serves more than 30 Tri-State hospitals.

The center is inviting residents, with all blood types, to participate in the first Groundhog's Day blood drive on Feb. 2. All registered donors who give at a donor center will receive a limited-edition Groundhog's Day t-shirt. Schedule an appointment now by calling (513) 451-0910, or make an appointment online at Hoxworth.org.