United Blood Services issues urgent appeal for Type O blood

2014-08-18T11:52:00Z 2014-08-19T08:00:09Z United Blood Services issues urgent appeal for Type O blood The Billings Gazette
August 18, 2014 11:52 am

United Blood Services on Monday issued a request for Type O blood donations.

UBS, located at 1444 Grand Ave., will be open Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donors may call 1-877-UBS-HERO (827-4376) or visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org to make a convenient appointment to donate.

Only 6 percent of the population has O-negative blood, yet patients of all blood types can safely receive it.

If eligible, type O donors can maximize their donation by giving a double red cell donation. Donors who give just their red blood cells through a special donation called apheresis can double the amount of red blood cells donated at one time.

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.

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