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Emergency Appeal for O-Negative Blood

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United Blood Services staff says there is a critical need for O-negative blood donors.

O-negative blood is the universal blood type, meaning anyone can receive the blood in a transfusion. Only 6% of the population has the blood type, but as much as 15% of blood transfusions at hospital trauma centers are O-negative. It's also used for babies.

It's the second emergency appeal for O-negative in the past few months. United Blood Services says the ongoing need for O-negative blood is critical in keeping a stable blood supply in the area.

"So what is happening is that because school's out and college is out and people are on vacation they're not thinking about donating blood," United Blood Services Regional Donor Recruitment Director Lesli Asay says. "And so our supply just can't keep up with what the current demand is in our hospitals."

United Blood Services is asking any donors with O-negative blood to consider donating. To donate, you must be at least 16, weight a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health.