Central Blood Bank strives to maintain an optimum inventory level of seven days. For various reasons, including the unpredictable demands from trauma incidents, the blood inventory fluctuates hourly.
Residents of our area are the beneficiaries of a first-rate health care system that relies on an adequate blood supply. Low blood inventory levels can potentially disrupt the delivery of healthcare and affect patient treatment.
With less than 3 percent of the Pittsburgh population donating blood, it’s a challenge to meet the heavy blood product demand. Central Blood Bank must imports blood to meet the demand of area patients; if every eligible donor donated twice a year, Central Blood Bank would be self-sufficient.
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