FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The American Red Cross is urgently seeking donors with Type O blood due to a critical shortage.
The Red Cross says all donations are welcomed to restock all blood and platelet supplies, but currently there is a critical shortage of Type O blood.
The Red Cross reports that they have “less than a three-day supply of Type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments.”
Type O Negative is the universal type that can be used for anyone with any blood type.
“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.”– The Red Cross
Donors of all blood types – especially types O positive and O negative – are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now. For more info on where to donate, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).