COLUMBIA, SC (WJZY) - The American Red Cross announced Wednesday they have a significant need for type O negative blood donors.
Health officials said donors with type O negative blood are encouraged to make a whole blood or double red cell donation, where available, through the Red Cross.
During a double red cell donation, they said two units of red blood cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.
“Type O negative donors are an important part of the Red Cross trauma team,” said Ryan Corcoran, donor recruitment director of the Carolinas Blood Services Region in a written statement, released on Wednesday. “While all blood types are needed, type O negative donations are necessary in emergency situations when there is no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Because there is such a high demand for type O negative blood, O negative donors are needed to donate often.”