The Constant Need for O-Negative Blood

Only 7 percent of people in the U.S. have type O-negative blood. O-negative blood donors are called “universal donors” because their blood can be given to people of all blood types. O-negative type blood is especially important for helping save the lives of accident victims and newborn babies.

If you’re out there reading this and you have O-negative blood, please make an appointment to donate. Please also encourage your friends and family members with type O-negative blood to consider donating with you. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to make an appointment. Hospital patients could be counting on your support.

8 comments

  • Let folks know that despite the immediate shortage of O-Negative, we also need ANY Type of Blood they happen to be carrying around with them! =)

  • I just had major surgery on my arm on Dec. 16th and am
    52 years old with a constant lung disorder but I sure would
    like to donate. I have O- blood. Will I ever be able to donate again?

  • Thank you Cordellia for donating! 🙂 You can always pass on the word and schedule for an appointment when you are next eligible. As for the person with surgery questions, those questions are answered on a case-by-case basis (due to specifics); you can find out the answer by e-mailing CanIDonate@usa.redcross.org .

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