‘Critical need’ for blood donations after weekend violence depletes local supply

‘Critical need’ for blood donations after weekend violence depletes local supply

DAYTON — The Community Blood Center said they are in a “critical need” for blood donations of types A positive and O positive following a spike in blood usage over the weekend, a spokesperson said in a media release Monday.

The spike in blood use over the weekend was credited to the treatment of gunshot wounds and trauma at area hospitals, the spokesperson said.

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“Area hospitals used nearly 400 red cell units Friday through Saturday, including nearly 200 type O positive and A positive units” the spokesperson said. “A single trauma case at Miami Valley Hospital required 43 red cell units and 42 plasma and platelet units.”

To encourage blood donations, the CBC will give a $10 Kroger gift card to anyone who registers to donate Tuesday through Saturday at the CBC Donation Center. Appointments are required and can be made online at www.donertime.com or by calling 937-461-3220.

Donors are encouraged to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing during blood drives and donations.

“Nearly 75% of the population is either blood type A positive or O positive. These blood types are currently in high demand and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder CBC blood collection,” the spokesperson said.