Type O Negative Blood Supply Critically Low - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Type O Negative Blood Supply Critically Low

Alexandria, LA (KALB News Channel 5) – LifeShare Blood Centers reports the local O negative blood supply is critically low and requests that all eligible type O negative donors give blood as soon as possible.

"Often we struggle to find donors during the summer months and the holiday weekend has worsened the situation. The O negative demand is higher than donations and we now have less than a one-and-a-half-day supply," said LifeShare spokesperson, Denny Day, executive director.

It takes at least 24 hours after someone gives blood before it is available for use. There is no manufactured substitute for human blood, it must come from blood donors.

LifeShare Blood Centers' Alexandria location at 2051 North Mall Drive is open this week from 9:00a.m. to 5:30p.m. Mon. through Fri., and is open this Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. To locate a mobile blood drive, make an appointment, or for more information call the center at (318) 445-7439 or toll-free (800) 256-7439 or go to www.lifeshare.org.

Individuals receive a mini-physical prior to the donation procedure, including a check of temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron level. Potential donors must be age 16 or older, meet height and weight requirements feel well and healthy at the time of donation, eat a good meal and increase fluid intake prior to donation.  16-year-olds must present written parent or guardian permission to donate. Donors will be asked to present identification. 


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