The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is calling on Aussies with o-negative blood to step up as o-negative blood supplies fall to a critical low. Currently, there is only two days worth of supply in stock. An extra 4,500 O-Negative blood donations are needed this month to help boost Blood Service stocks up to normal levels.
O-Negative is a universal blood type that can be used in an emergency situation where the patient’s blood type is unknown and is therefore a vital resource. The spike in demand is caused by a drop-off in donor numbers due to cold and flu symptoms. During cold and flu season, sickness leads to as many as 1,000 cancelled donations per week and sadly it is little known that donors who are affected by the flu are able to give blood at least seven days after making a full recovery.
With 1 in 3 of us needing donated blood in our lifetime, the life you save could be that of a friend or family member.
So family, let’s step up and answer the call for those you can’t! If you are o-negative type or know someone who is visit The Red Cross for more info or to make a blood donation appointment or call 13 14 95.