United Blood Service in Urgent Need of Type O-Negative - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

United Blood Service in Urgent Need of Type O-Negative

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Fargo-based United Blood Services is issuing an urgent appeal for type O-negative blood donors because the demand over the past few weeks has outpaced the supply.
Donors may call 1-800-917-4929 or go to www.unitedbloodservices.org to make an appointment to donate at a blood center or mobile blood drive.  

Only six percent of the population has O-negative blood and it is the universal blood type, meaning any patient can receive O-negative blood. "O negative can be given to anyone in an emergency when there is no time to cross-match the donor's blood with the patient's," says Jennifer Bredahl, regional donor recruitment director for United Blood Services.

"When you do the math, our community needs O negative donors to come in almost twice as often as everyone else," she says. 

United Blood Services also encourages those who have never donated blood, to try now. "New blood donors are needed every day to ensure a stable blood supply. If you are O negative, or you don't know your blood type, your community needs you to get involved," said Bredahl.   

To save time, donors can now fill out their Health History Questionnaire online at www.unitedbloodservices.org the day of their donation. To donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16 years old (16 year old donors need a minor donor permit which is available at the blood drive or online) and be in good health.

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