Red Cross: Critical shortage of type O blood

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WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 20: Blood is collected from a donor into a bag during a blood drive June 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. House Chief Deputy Majority Whip Patrick McHenry, INOVA Blood Services and the American Red Cross held a blood drive in support of Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others […]

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood to address a critical shortage of Type O blood.

The organization said there are six units of  type O blood available for every 100,000 people, but they need about double that amount to sustain a sufficient blood supply. 

“Type O blood is the most needed blood type in the hospital, but the Red Cross is currently facing a shortage of this important blood type across the country,” said Dr. Pampee Young, chief medical officer, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Type O negative is the universal blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for in the most serious situations when there is not time to determine a patient’s blood type; and type O positive blood can be transfused to any positive blood type patient and is also critical in trauma situations. We are asking donors to give blood as soon as possible to ensure patient needs can be met in the days and weeks ahead.”

Donors who give blood or platelets with the Red Cross by June 10 will recieve a $5 Amazon Gift Card via e-mail. 

Donors can schedule a blood donation appointment today with the Blood Donor App, or by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. 

The Red Cross has the following donation centers in Tampa Bay: 

Hillsborough County Office
3310 W. Main St.
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: 813-348-4820

Pinellas County Office
818 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-898-3111

Sarasota County Office
2001 Cantu Ct.
Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone: 941-379-9300 

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