OneBlood In ‘Urgent Need’ For O Negative Blood Donors
OneBlood, the organization that provides blood for many of the hospitals across the southeast, is in “urgent need” for O Negative blood donors after what is being called a “dramatic increase in demand” for O Negative blood.
According to a press release from the organization, “O Negative blood is in constant demand because of its universal power to save lives. O Negative red blood cells can be given to any patient regardless of the recipient’s blood type – and that is why it is so vital. Trauma patients, cancer patients and premature babies are among the people requiring O Negative every day.”
If you do not know your blood type, donate blood and the blood center will let you know. The OneBlood donor center in Douglas is located at 1214 North Peterson Avenue and is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can also donate at the Big Red Bus, which travels to various cities throughout the surrounding area almost daily.
Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, or to set-up an appointment, visit oneblood.org.