I have seen several announcements in The Advocate-Messenger recently concerning local blood drives sponsored by the American Red Cross. While I agree that the American Red Cross is a fine organization and that we are lucky to have an office here in Danville to assist our citizens with disaster relief when necessary, I am left wondering if people in the community know about the process by which sick and injured people in our area receive blood when a transfusion is necessary.
Any patient receiving a blood transfusion from local hospitals, including Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) and hospitals in Lexington, will receive blood collected from donors at Central Kentucky Blood Center, not from the American Red Cross. Blood collected from any American Red Cross blood drive will most likely be returned to Louisville for processing and distribution. Local hospitals do not receive blood from the American Red Cross.