SALT LAKE CITY — The American Red Cross issued an “urgent call” for donors Monday, but especially those with type O blood.
As of Monday, the organization had less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patients and medical treatments, the Red Cross said in a news release.
“With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves,” reads a portion of the release.
Type O-positive blood is the most transfused blood type, according to the organization, and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any type — the “universal donor,” according to physicians. Type O-negative blood, which is in just 7% of the population, is what hospital staffs reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s specific type.
Editor's note: The content of this article was taken from a press release sent out by The American Red Cross. This is not information gathered by a KSL.com reporter.