Abilene blood bank has ‘critical need’ for O negative blood

A blood bank in Abilene has a “critical need” for O negative blood.

Hendrick Regional Blood Center posted on Facebook that it is unable to get O negative blood from other blood centers “due to a nationwide shortage.”

O negative is considered universal because it can be transfused into any patient, regardless of blood type. But it’s always in demand since only 1 out of every 15 people – or 6.6 % -- have it.

Hendrick said it “must be available at all times for trauma patients, babies in the NICU and pediatric patients.”

If you’d like to donate, call (325) 670-2798.

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