Regional Drop in O-Negative Blood Highlights Need for a New Habit in Californians
Running desperately low on the rare blood type, health officials in Antelope Valley put out an urgent call for O-negative blood donors yesterday. "The blood bank is experiencing a significant increase in the number of patients requiring this rare blood type," the AV Hospital Blood Donor Center stated in an e-mail appeal. "Due to an ongoing regional shortage of type O-negative blood we have been unable to obtain additional replacement units from outside suppliers."
The Southern California area is currently at less than a 2-day supply of O-negative blood. "It's not an ideal situation," explained Nick Samaniego, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross. "Ideal would be a 3 to 5-day supply."