Type O-negative blood supply drops to critically low levels

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By: STAFF Email
Red Cross

The South Carolina Blood Services Region of the Red Cross provides blood to over 50 hospitals. (MGN / June 21, 2011)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

AIKEN, S.C. -- The American Red Cross says Type O-negative blood supplies have dropped to critically low levels. This type is always needed because it is the “universal” blood type and can be used with patients with any blood type.

"The American Red Cross is reaching out to eligible blood donors, sponsors and community leaders to ask them to help recruit Type O-negative blood donations to help meet the needs of patients in our community," said Jamie Muldrow, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region.

According to its numbers, someone needs blood every two seconds. The South Carolina Blood Services Region of the Red Cross provides blood to over 50 hospitals. In order to meet the demand, it needs 500 people to give blood and platelets every weekday. The blood is used not only for accident victims but also for patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses.

To donate blood, you must be 17 years old, meet height and weight requirements and be in good health.

Eligible donors should call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or go to www.redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive in your area and schedule an appointment.


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