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Type O negative blood supply critically low

By Staff Reports
Published in News on June 13, 2010 1:50 AM

Blood type 0 negative has dropped to critically low levels.

Red Cross officials said 0 negative is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

"While all blood types are needed during the critical summer months, we urge those eligible donors with O negative blood type to make and keep appointments to give blood this summer," said Joyce H. Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region, of which Wayne County is a part. "You can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a summer shortage."

Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.

For more information about giving blood, call the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross at 735-7201.