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Emergency blood gets dry run

SHANGHAI is doubling its daily blood reserves to ensure a sufficient supply for the Expo and its estimated 70 million visitors.

Shanghai Blood Center usually keeps 1,000 to 1,200 liters of blood per day, but its current reserve is 2,000 to 2,200 liters. The usual clinical demand is some 200 liters per day.

In case of urgent need, Shanghai health authorities have also established a network with neighboring provinces.

To test it out, blood authorities in Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong and Shanghai conducted a drill yesterday.

In the drill, Shanghai Blood Center told the Shanghai Health Bureau and the Ministry of Health at 8am there was a shortage of blood due to a big emergency.

The ministry approved Shanghai's request for greater supplies and ordered the four provinces to give emergency aid.

By 9am, staff from blood centers of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui were heading to Shanghai by ambulance, each taking 20 liters of red cells, 20 liters of plasma and about 2 liters of RH negative blood samples.

The Zhejiang ambulance arrived at Shanghai Blood Center at 11am. Ambulances from Jiangsu and Anhui arrived later and the airplane bringing blood from Shandong arrived at 1:30pm.

"The entire drill is successful," Zhu Yongming, director of Shanghai Blood Center, declared.


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