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Red Cross warns of 'critical' type O blood shortage

Posted: 1:08 PM, May 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-15 22:44:03-04
Severe blood shortage: Red Cross urgently needs eligible donors

LANSING, Mich. — The American Red Cross said Tuesday it was facing a "critical shortage" of type O blood, the type most needed by hospitals.

The organization said it has less than a two-day supply of type O blood for emergency rooms.

"That means just six units of type O blood are available for every 100,000 people, but at least 14 are needed every day," a news release said.

The Red Cross said 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."

If you'd like to donate, you can do so on the Blood Donor app , online at , or by calling 800-733-2767.

The Red Cross said it is offering a $5 Amazon gift card for anyone who donates blood and platelets between May 1 and June 10.

There are numerous blood drives happening over the next month across mid-Michigan.

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