Ohio blood supply hits pandemic low near Dayton, hospitals say

The Greater Dayton Hospital Association and Community Blood Center in Ohio have issued an urgent appeal for blood donations as hospitals in the region say the blood supply shortage is the worst it's been since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dayton Daily News reported June 10. 

The hospital association, which represents 29 hospitals and health systems in southwest and west-central Ohio, released a statement saying: "Blood products are vital to a broad group of patients, among them trauma patients, newborns who require ICU care, patients undergoing surgery and oncology care, and therapies. For many of these patients, blood and blood products are not only an important aspect of treatment, but a vital lifeline."

The Community Blood Center said it is still struggling to average the daily 300 donors it needs to meet hospital demand, the Dayton Daily News reported. Hospital workers have had to take measures to conserve blood products. 

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