American Red Cross facing ‘critical’ shortage of type O blood donors

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Red Cross in need of blood donations

MADISON, Wis. — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, especially those with types O negative and O positive.

Currently the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available, according Laura McGuire, a spokesperson for the agency.

Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type, McGuire said.

You can learn more about ways to donate and area blood drives taking place in southern Wisconsin by clicking on this link.