SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Blood Bank issued a call Friday for people to donate type O-negative blood, which is critically short in the region because of recent trauma cases.
“This is a very risky situation since O-negative is the universal donor, the only type safely given to any trauma patient or newborn child when there is not time to identify their blood type,” said Dr. David Wellis, CEO of
the blood bank.
Three trauma cases at area hospitals in the last two weeks have dropped the O-negative supply to critical levels. The most recent required 24 units of blood in the past two days, according to blood bank officials.
The blood bank says it could use donation of other blood types, as well, in light of a seasonal drop in donations during the holidays. The supply is further shortened by a seasonal increase in demand because of accidents, blood
bank officials said.
Anyone in good health over the age of 17 may qualify to give blood.
Teens 15 and up can donate with the permission of a parent. The blood bank recommends that donors have something to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating.
Information about donating is available online at www.sandiegobloodbank.org, or by calling 800-469-7322.