United Blood Services has announced an urgent appeal for type O-negative blood donors. During the past weeks, the demand for blood has outpaced the supply.
The next opportunity to donate blood in the area will be on Tuesday, October 15th at Campbell County Memorial Hospital, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The blood drive will be held on the 5th floor in Classroom 1 and 2. Donors may call 605-646-2620 or go to www.unitedbloodservices.org to make an appointment to give.
Only six percent of the population has O-negative blood and it is the universal blood type, meaning any patient can receive O-negative blood.
“O negative can be given to anyone in an emergency when there is no time to cross-match the donor’s blood with the patient’s,” explained Toby Brusseau, spokesperson for United Blood Services. “When you do the math, our community needs O negative donors to come in almost twice as often as everyone else!”
United Blood Services also encourages those who have never donated blood, to try now. “New blood donors are needed every day to ensure a stable blood supply. If you are O negative, or you don’t know your blood type, your community needs you to get involved,” said Brusseau.
To save time, donors can now fill out their Health History Questionnaire online at www.unitedbloodservices.org the day of their donation. To donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16 years old (16 year old donors need a minor donor permit which is available at the blood drive or online) and be in good health.