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BCP Announces URGENT Need For O-Negative Blood Donors

December 10, 2014

Dearth of O-negative blood part of disturbing national trend

San Francisco, CA—Blood Centers of the Pacific today announced an urgent appeal for type O-negative blood donors. As pricing pressure from hospital systems has led to blood bank consolidation, staff reductions, and a significant change in the way blood banks collect blood, collecting a high demand blood type such as O-negative blood has become problematic for blood centers across the country.

Northern California donors may call 888.393.4483 or visit www.bloodcenters.org to make a convenient appointment to donate. Scheduling your appointment online has never been easier. Hours at many blood donation centers will be extended to accommodate the urgent need.

Only six percent of the population has O-negative blood, yet at hospital trauma centers, a great percent of the blood transfused is O-negative. That’s because O-negative blood is the universal blood type.

“O-negative can be given to anyone in an extreme emergency situation when there is no time to crossmatch the donor’s blood with the patient’s,” explained Kent Corley, Public Relations Associate at Blood Centers of the Pacific, this area’s non-profit community blood provider. “When you do the math, our community needs people who are O-negative to give blood at least twice as often as everyone else. And we really need them now!”

Another special need for O-negative blood is in the treatment of babies. Neonatal care facilities require fresh units of O-negative blood each day to treat their tiny patients.

Blood Center of the Pacific has blood drives in the South Bay, the Peninsula, the East Bay, the North Bay, the Shasta/Redding area, and in San Francisco.

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