The American Red Cross announced Tuesday that the shortage in Type O blood is so critical nationwide that the organization is offering $5 Amazon gift cards to donors as an incentive to boost supply.
Currently, there are only six units of Type O blood available for every 100,000 people, but at least two times that amount is needed every day.
Why do they need Type O?
Type O-negative is the universal blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for in the most serious situations when there is not time to determine a patient’s blood type.
Type O-positive blood can be transfused to any positive blood type patient and is also critical in trauma situations.\
To find out more about donating at:
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center click HERE
Donating through the American Red Cross click HERE