Donors needed as Type-O blood supplies drop to dangerously low levels

PHOENIX - United Blood Services has issued an appeal for Type-O donors as supplies are dangerously low.

UBS spokeswoman Sue Thew said in a statement that 405 O-negative and 488 O-positive donors are needed to bring supplies to adequate levels.

Thew said that as of Thursday morning, only 14 units of O-negative blood remained on shelves to fill the needs of 58 hospitals.

The shortage was created by an increased patient demand across the U.S.

Type O blood is always in demand because in an emergency where there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type, doctors depend on Type-O until the patient can be stabilized.

It’s the only blood type emergency/trauma patients, pregnant women and babies receive when life-saving transfusions are required, according to Thew.

Nearly 500 donors of all blood types are needed every day, but Type-O is always in demand.

For more information on how and where to donate, go to the United Blood Services website .

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