Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Open forum: Return to hospital blood donation centers

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It is said that the Washington area is experiencing a severe shortage of blood donations. I think I know the reason for this.

Years ago, many hospitals had their own blood banks and blood-donor facilities. These were convenient and community-based. Then the Red Cross took over all blood donations in the region. To donate blood now, you either have to travel to one of the few Red Cross centers or, if you are employed by a large enough company, wait for a blood drive where you work.

The result is a chronic blood shortage. The solution is to return to convenient, hospital-based donor facilities at local hospitals.

It’s a matter of life and death.

Roger Johnson, Kensington