Emergency appeal for type O-negative blood donors

2013-04-24T14:15:00Z 2013-04-24T22:00:07Z Emergency appeal for type O-negative blood donors The Billings Gazette
April 24, 2013 2:15 pm

United Blood Services has issued an emergency appeal for type-O-negative blood donors. As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, United Blood Services–Rocky Mountain had outstanding hospitals orders for 153 type O-negative donations waiting to be filled.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

United Blood Services, at 1444 Grand Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, 7 to 11 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Donors may call 248-9168 to make an appointment or, on the day of the donation, visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org to complete the self-interview and then bring a printout to the center or mobile locations.

Only 6 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.

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