AIKEN (WFXG) - The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.
The Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical. That means just six units of type O blood are available for every 100,000 people, but at least 14 are needed every day. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and is also critical in trauma situations.
“All blood types are urgently needed, but we’re facing a critical shortage of type O blood – the blood group most needed by hospitals,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Because it’s vitally important for hospitals to have type O blood available when every second counts, type O donors are urged to donate now and make a point to donate often.”
As a thank-you for helping replenish the blood supply, all donors who come to give blood or platelets now through June 10 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 14-June 8:
5/15/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene Street
5/21/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Delta Air Lines, 100 Delta Drive
6/1/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., VFW Post 5877 at Lowe's, 2470 Whiskey Rd