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 Gift Card via email.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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

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