Sunday, June 13, 2010
The American Red Cross' units of O negative blood have dropped to critically low levels across the country.
The local donor center is open Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center also opened from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The supply of type O negative blood at the American Red Cross has dropped to critically low levels. Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situation, according to a Red Cross spokesperson.
Type O negative donors are needed to help prevent the fragile type O negative blood supply from reaching a crisis level.
“While all blood types are needed during the critical summer months, we urge those eligible donors with O negative blood type to make and keep appointments to give blood this summer,” says Terri Dunaway, Interim CEO, of the American Red Cross – Central Plains Region. “You can make the difference in June or schedule an appointment at our upcoming Red, White & You Drive at the Zoo.”
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Central Plains Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to more than 100 hospitals throughout Kansas and Northern Oklahoma, and must have approximately 450 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand.
Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
To donate blood call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment today. Walk-ins are also welcome. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply, but O negative donors are especially needed right now. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19.