ST. PETERSBURG - The supply of O Negative blood has reached very low levels due to summer vacations and school and college summer breaks. An immediate appeal is being issued for all O Negative donors to donate at OneBlood, the local blood center, as soon as possible.
If anyone has O Negative blood type or knows anyone who has O Negative blood type, they are encouraged to donate as soon as possible. For locations and hours of OneBlood Donor Centers and mobile units, Visit oneblood.org or call 1-888-9 DONATE (888-936-6283).
O Negative blood is the universal blood type, meaning any patient can receive O Negative blood regardless of the recipientís blood type. O Negative is critical for trauma patients, premature babies and emergency surgeries.
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 visit oneblood.org.
There are eight different blood types and each one holds a unique power to save lives. The OneBlood Target Your Type program gives donors the ability to learn the power of their blood type and how to donate the specific components of their blood that are most needed by area hospitals.