(CINCINNATI) -- Hoxworth Blood Center is issuing an emergency appeal for donors of all blood types, especially Type O, and platelet donors.
As of Tuesday morning, the community's blood supply was down 378 units in type O+ and O- combined, which are the types in greatest demand at local hospitals.
Reasons for the shortage include inclement weather resulting in below average collections and flu and other seasonal illnesses which have caused high deferral rates. Heavy usage at local hospitals is a contributing factor as well. Hospitals and trauma centers can't function without Type O blood, the most common blood type.
"Inventory levels are dropping dramatically as demand for blood products has risen over the past week," said Dr. Ronald Sacher, director of Hoxworth. "We're asking all individuals to donate at their earliest convenience as this situation is very serious."
Hoxworth has locations in Anderson, Blue Ash, UC Medical Center, Downtown, Fort Mitchell, Fort Thomas, Mason, Tri-County and Western Hills. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can schedule an appointment by calling (513) 451-0910 or (800) 830-1091.