IPR News

Indiana in need of RH negative blood

by IPR News

August 31, 2010

Audio: Blood Shortage

The Indiana Blood Center says it’s in critical need of all RH negative blood types.  Director of Marketing Wendy Maringer says all 67 Hoosier hospitals are seeing an increase in patients needing blood, and all are running low on supplies.  The Center currently cannot fill hospital requests for 81 units of O-Negative blood.  Maringer says the Center needs five hundred and fifty donors a day to keep an adequate blood supply in Indiana.

 Maringer on Donating Blood

 Though hospitals are in need of RH negative blood types, Maringer says many people don’t know their blood type.  She hopes all donors will visit one of the nine blood centers in the state.  The Center also conducts about twenty mobile blood drives a day throughout the state.  To find a blood center or blood drive near you, visit donorpoint.org.