Thursday, September 13, 2001

Outpouring of donations keeps blood supply steady

500 Tristaters show up at Hoxworth

The Cincinnati Enquirer and HealthScout News Service

        At least 500 people turned out Wednesday to donate blood at five neighborhood blood collection centers, about twice as many as usual, Hoxworth Blood Center estimated.

        “It was very, very busy today, which is great,” said Hoxworth spokesman Michael Anderson. “We're scheduling people five, six and seven days out.”

        More than 675 Tristate people gave blood Tuesday in response to the terrorist attacks, Mr. Anderson said.

        In hopes of avoiding too many donations at once, Hoxworth is urging people to schedule an appointment rather than walk up to donation centers.

        For information about donating blood, call (513) 451-0910.

        For now, thanks to the intense response nationwide, blood supplies are adequate in New York and Washington, D.C., officials there told blood banks Wednesday.

        “Currently New York facilities and Washington, D.C., facilities indicate that their blood levels are being maintained because of the tremendous outpouring of support from the American public,” said Sara Foer, director of communications at the American Association of Blood Banks.

        The situation has been helped by the fact that the inventory levels were at a good point before the crisis.

        “We've been in contact with blood facilities in New York City and Washington, D.C., and what we've learned is that they're maintaining blood levels OK. They haven't gone down,” said Jamie Blietz, director of the National Blood Exchange, a subsidiary of the AABB that acts as a sort of blood clearinghous“Obviously, there have been a tremendous amount of donations.”

        Across the nation, donors have been standing in line for hours to give blood for the victims of Tuesday's attacks. The New York Blood Center announced Tuesday night that it had received an estimated 4,000 donations in the New York/New Jersey area. In Hartford, Ct., one line to give blood was seven hours long, according to a volunteer.

        The American Association of Blood Banks is now asking that people who want to donate come back in 30 days. Because blood has a shelf life of about 42 days, the supply needs to be constantly replenished.

        The New York Blood Center has said there is a particular need for Type O donors and Rh-negative donors.

        Blood centers in Floridad are sending three different shipments to Washington and New York via truck, a trip that takes about 18 hours..

        The NBE also received special permission to have one shipment, also from Florida, flown in to New York on Wednesday.


At a glance
Attacks are topic No. 1 in classrooms
Body recovery part of work of NYC crews
Constituents' emotions unmitigated
Different faiths, all drawn to pray
Family clings to details of missing woman's fate
Jews seek normalcy
Local firefighters on task force joining rescue efforts
Muslims urged to give aid
No date, time for nation's air travel to resume
- Outpouring of donations keeps blood supply steady
Relatives wait for word, pray
Stranded travelers find help in Florence
Tightened air security will be norm
Travelers wait, pray in deserted airport
Work resumes, but life is different
Wright-Patterson medical personnel join effort
PULFER: Cell phones
RADEL: Tristate sprouts flying flags
Reports bring sweep of river
Court upholds stay for Byrd
Luken suggests raises for cadets
Luken unused to second place
Primary results
Council halts bid for road-extension vote
Superintendent's contract extended
Tristate A.M. Report
Woman shot outside school as it lets out