The supply of type O negative blood at the American Red Cross has dropped to critically low levels, officials said this week. Type O negative blood is in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.
Donors with the blood type are needed now to help prevent the type O negative blood supply from declining further.
While all blood types are needed during the summer months, the Red Cross urges eligible donors with O negative, B negative, and A negative type blood to make and keep appointments in the upcoming days to help restore the blood supply.
Shortages often occur in summer when fewer donors are giving because of vacations and schools on summer break hosting fewer drives.
People who are 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. For more information call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive and to make an appointment.