Nov 13, 2012 1:35 PM by Q2 News
BILLINGS - United Blood Services today announced an urgent need for type O-negative blood donors. UBS reports during the past several weeks, demand for type O-negative blood has outpaced the supply significantly.
United Blood Services in Billings is open Monday thru Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM, Friday 7 AM to 11AM and Saturday 7 AM - 3PM. Donors may call 248-9168 or visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org to make an appointment to donate. Walk-ins are always welcome. The address is 1444 Grand Avenue in Billings.
Only six percent of the population has O-negative blood, yet at hospital trauma centers, sometimes as much as 15 percent of the blood transfused is O-negative. That's because O-negative blood is the universal blood type.
"It can be given to anyone in an extreme emergency situation when there is no time to crossmatch the donor's blood with the patient's," explained Lesli Asay, Donor Recruitment Director, United Blood Services, this area's non-profit community blood service provider. "When you do the math, our community needs people who are O-negative to give blood at least twice as often as everyone else!"
Another special need for O-negative blood is in the treatment of babies. Neonatal care facilities require fresh units of O-negative blood each day to treat their tiny patients.