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 .