Blood Assurance is in need of O-Positive and O-Negative blood
Posted By Kim Swindell Wood | November 22, 2019 2:36 pm
(Nov. 21, 2019) — Blood Assurance is critically low on O-positive blood and in serious need of O-negative blood. Blood Assurance strives to have a five-day supply of each blood type to ensure every patient has what they need. There is currently only around 1 day’s supply of O-positive and O-negative blood available to send. They are asking for all able community members to give blood as soon as possible.
“Type O blood has been flying off our shelves this week due to overall high usage and a few traumas that used significant amounts,” said Dr. Elizabeth Culler, medical director at Blood Assurance. “It is imperative we get that supply up before the holiday next week when usage is always higher and donations significantly lower.”
Donating whole blood takes approximately 30 minutes and can save three lives.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. To schedule an appointment or find a donor center or mobile drive near you, please visit www.bloodassurance.org, call 800-962-0628 or text ‘BAGIVE’ to 999777.