Thursday, August 12, 1999

Blood donations pick up

But supplies still well below need

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Tristate residents are starting to respond to an emergency blood appeal from Hoxworth Blood Center.

        On Tuesday, 464 people gave blood — sharply higher than the 255 per day that gave during July. Meanwhile, hundreds of would-be donors called for information. However, the blood bank remains 200 units below projected need for Type O blood.

        “We're getting a pretty good response,” said Hoxworth spokeswoman Marsha Terry.

        While confident that the emergency drive will meet its goals, Hoxworth is still betting on local business as the key to sustaining blood donation rates once the crisis passes.

        During the emergency drive, which runs through Monday, several Tristate corporations already had scheduled internal blood drives. Increased turnout at those drives can make a big difference, Ms. Terry said.

        The companies with blood drives between today and Monday include Procter & Gamble Co. (six locations over three days); KMK Consultants; Pabco Fluid Power Co.; Setco Sales Co.; and the Wal-Mart in Alexandria.

        Overall, 49 Tristate companies, health care facilities, churches and community groups have scheduled blood drives at 63 sites through Aug. 28. Strong turnout will help avoid the need for future emergency blood drives, Ms. Terry said.

        Hoxworth issued its emergency appeal Monday, after supplies of Type O blood fell more than 400 units below projected need.

        While Hoxworth needs more than 300 donors a day, the average daily number of donors in July dipped to 255. A few weeks of that, combined with brisk demand for blood and the inability to buy blood from other cities, created the need for a public appeal for donors.

        In July, a business group that supports Hoxworth kicked off a campaign to jump-start turnout. The campaign, led by Frisch's Chief Executive Craig Maier, seeks to collect 25,000 units during the next 12 months — a 6 percent increase over the previous year.


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