Blood and Red Cell Collections in
September Exceeded the Monthly
MD - November 2, 2001 --
blood and red cell collections in
September exceeded the monthly
average for this year by 38.4%
according to the National Blood
Data Resource Center (NBDRC).
Twenty-five blood centers
providing monthly supply
monitoring data to the Center
collected a total of 473,200 units
in September, in comparison with a
monthly average of 341,800 units
for the period January through
In August 2001 collections
For comparison with last
year, collections in September
2000 totaled 331,300.
blood center sample is
statistically representative of
all United States (U.S.) blood
centers that collect more than
20,000 units annually and includes
both American Red Cross and
community blood centers from all
geographical regions of the U.S.
Collectively, the blood
center sample represents
approximately one-third of U.S.
blood center collections.
Among the individual
centers, September collections
ranged from a decrease of 18.5% to
an increase of 69.0% of
All but one of the blood
an increase in collections.
centers also report inventory and
distribution data to the NBDRC.
Whole blood and red cell
inventory is reported twice
monthly by the centers.
Total inventory increased
from 29,813 to 84,298 between the
first Wednesday measurement
(September 5th) and the
measurement on the third Wednesday
This increase in units of
182.8% was the largest inventory
fluctuation observed for any two
consecutive measurements during
the 21 months of data collection.
number of units of whole blood and
red cells released for
distribution in September
increased by 17.0% in comparison
to the monthly average for 2001.
The total units distributed
in September equaled 416,289.
The NBDRC announced in
August that distribution increased
5.2% this summer in comparison
with 2000, which is statistically
NBDRC plans to compare the
September measurements with data
for October which the
participating blood centers will
submit electronically by
collection of monthly supply data
is funded by the U.S. Public
Health Service, Office of Public
Health and Science, through
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