If your blood type is ‘O’, you’re in need.
LifeShare Blood Center says type O blood supply has reached a critically low level, it is currently at less than a one-day supply.
A safe inventory level is a three-day supply of each blood type. The community needs a commitment from Type O donors for regular and frequent donations to help maintain a sufficient community blood supply.
“The urgent need for Type O Blood is a serious community concern. Blood cannot be manufactured and it does expire,” stated Suzanne Upchurch-Smith, Director of Marketing. “Blood donations must be given in advance of the need because it is tested to determine suitability for patient transfusion and that process can take 24 hours or longer. This testing period is too long in emergencies when people need blood immediately and the blood supply must be continually replenished to meet the constant need.”
Existing donors and prospective donors are urged to walk-in to any of our blood centers or mobile drives near them to donate.
Mobile drives can be found: https://donor.lifeshare.org/donor/schedules/zip