The American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for eligible blood donors as donations are being sent to hospitals faster than they are coming in. An estimated 550 fewer blood drives were held across the country last week than during an average week, resulting in 15 thousand fewer donations than needed.
Type O is the most in-demand blood type. According to the Red Cross: Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations. Type O positive is the most common blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.
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