Critical need for O negative blood

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Updated: 7/09/2013 12:12 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- United Blood Services today announced a critical appeal for type O negative.

United Blood Services has less than a one-day supply of blood type O negative and is challenged to meet hospital needs.

Only six 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.

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 Rhonda Weaver, Donor Recruitment Supervisor, United Blood Services, your non-profit community blood service provider. Another special need for O-negative blood is in the treatment of babies. Neonatal care facilities require fresh units of O-negative blood each day to treat their tiny patients.

For those who hesitate to travel, bloodmobiles are out in the community and also open to the public.

For more information about blood donor qualifications, drives in your community, or to schedule an appointment click here or call 662-842-8871.
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