United Blood Services announces urgent need for O negative donors
United Blood Services announced it has less than a one-day supply of blood type O negative and is challenged to meet hospital needs.
Only 6 percent of the population has O-negative blood, yet at hospital trauma centers, sometimes as much as 15 percent of the blood transfused is O-negative, a United Blood Service news release said. That’s because O-negative blood is the universal blood type.
“It can be given to anyone in an extreme emergency situation when there is no time to cross match the donor’s blood with the patient’s,” explained Jason Conner, donor recruitment supervisor, United Blood Services.
Neonatal care facilities require fresh units of O-negative blood each day to treat their tiny patients, the news release said.
The United Blood Services’ donor center is located at 1234 David Drive, Suite 102, Morgan City. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information about blood donor qualifications, community drives, or to schedule an appointment visit www.bloodhero.com or call 877-827-4376.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16-years-old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.