American Red Cross in ‘critical’ need of type O blood

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(WKOW) — The American Red Cross is having a critical shortage of type O blood and is urging people to give as soon as possible.

“All blood types are urgently needed, but we’re facing a critical shortage of type O blood – the blood group most needed by hospitals,” Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services said.

“Because it’s vitally important for hospitals to have type O blood available when every second counts, type O donors are urged to donate now and make a point to donate often.”

According to press release, only seven percent of the population has type O negative blood, but it can be given to anyone. Type O positive is the most common blood type used in trauma situations.

There are numerous blood drives taking places throughout southern Wisconsin .

Portage: 5/23/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 1804 New Pinery Rd

Fitchburg: 5/30/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tri North Builders, 2625 Research Park Dr.

Madison: 5/25/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Madison West Blood Donation Center, 4860 Sheboygan Ave

Madison: 5/30/2019: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., SSM Health St Mary’s Care Center, 3401 Maple Grove Dr.

Sun Prairie: 5/28/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Dr.

Waunakee: 5/31/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Waunakee Village Center, 333 S Madison St

Verona: 5/16/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 515 West Verona Ave

To find a blood drive closest to you, click here.

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