The San Diego Blood Bank is issuing an urgent call for blood donations, particularly from type O negative and O positive blood donors, as our community’s supply of both blood types has hit critically low levels.
Type O negative is the universal blood type, meaning anyone can receive that type of blood when needed. O positive is the most common blood type, which is why hospital demand is always high.
Type O blood is the first used in emergencies when a patient’s blood type may be unknown and for massive traumas when a large volume of blood is needed quickly.
You must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at SanDiegoBloodBank.org or calling 619-400-8251.