NEW YORK – New York Blood
Center has declared a blood emergency and is asking the public to donate
at center locations or at one of many blood drives.
A seven-day supply of blood of all types is needed, but there is only a two-day supply of O negative, B negative and A negative.
The agency said O negative blood donors are considered “universal” and their blood type is needed most readily in trauma situations and emergency departments. Due to its high demand, O negative blood is in short supply and the New York Blood Center is asking people with that type to donate.
Every year during the summer months, the supply tends to dwindle because of seasonal factors including vacations, school in recess and leisure time, but the need for blood never takes a vacation, blood center officials note.
To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive, phone 800-933-2566.