Red Cross Blood Drive
- The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors to give now to ensure blood is available for patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.
- Right now, the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms – where it can be most critical. Type O blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
- The Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply on hand at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that would require significant volumes of donated blood products.
- Just six units of type O blood are available for every 100,000 people, but at least 14 are needed every day. Type O blood is the most needed blood group by hospitals but is often in short supply.
- Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s not time to determine a patient’s blood type in the most serious situations.
- Type O positive blood can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type and is also critical in trauma situations. o May is Trauma Awareness Month, and blood donors help ensure hospitals are ready the moment an injured patient arrives.
- All those who come to give blood or platelets will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, through June 10. While type O is critically needed, platelet and blood donors of all types are urged to give now to help trauma patients and others who depend on lifesaving blood products.