- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - A regional blood center is closing a blood donation center in eastern Indiana and another in Ohio in response to the declining number of blood transfusions at its partner hospitals.

Community Blood Center will close its donor centers in Richmond, Indiana, and West Chester, Ohio, on Sept. 25, leaving it with two blood donation centers.

Blood usage has declined by more than 20 percent during the past five years at the center’s 24 partner hospitals because of the declining number of blood transfusions, center officials told the Palladium-Item (https://pinews.co/1NFNm07 ).

Sher Patrick, the center’s marketing manager, said hospitals aren’t as quick to do transfusions as they once were, and some are reusing the patient’s own blood. That, plus less-invasive surgeries, has led to the reduced demand for transfusions, she said.

But center officials said blood donors are still needed, especially those with Type O negative blood, the universal type that can be used for anyone.

“We still need blood donors,” said Dr. David Smith, the center’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “There is no replacement for blood and no greater gift to patients in need.”

Smith called the decision to consolidate a difficult one but said it would allow the center to operate more efficiently and better serve the community.

The center fulfills daily blood product needs for 24 partner hospitals in 15 area counties. Those hospitals include Reid Hospital and Health Care Services in Richmond, McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio, and Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, Ohio. The center also serves five hospitals in Dayton, Ohio.

Blood center officials say blood recipients won’t notice changes, because blood donated locally already is processed at a regional office.


Information from: Palladium-Item, https://www.pal-item.com

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