Health & Fitness

Call issued for O-negative blood donations

FILE PHOTO: Alexandra Saint, left, laughs with Charlotte Berry, of Columbia, as she gives blood during the Famously Hot Blood Drive inside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Friday, June 20, 2014.
FILE PHOTO: Alexandra Saint, left, laughs with Charlotte Berry, of Columbia, as she gives blood during the Famously Hot Blood Drive inside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Friday, June 20, 2014. gmelendez@thestate.com

The Columbia office of the American Red Cross says there is a need for type O negative blood donations in the area.

People with type O negative blood are often called universal donors because their blood type can be transfused into patients of any blood type in a life-threatening emergency with reduced chance of rejection.

If you have Type O negative blood and eligible to donate blood, you are asked to contact the Red Cross and set up an appointment.

Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red CrossBlood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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