Stocks of the emergency blood type O-negative have continued to drop. Despite recent appeals and Lifeblood is calling for people with this type to give blood this Easter.
Bec and Jeziel had a talk with Jess Willet, the spokes person for Lifeblood. She mentioned that now more than ever O-negative blood donations are very important. She mentioned that every donation can help save up to 3 lives.
O-negative is the universal blood type, that can be given when a patient’s blood type is unknown, including trauma and accidents. As we head into a long weekend, it always comes with its challenges for donating blood as donors usually take a break. Only 9% of Australians have O-negative blood. Even though it makes up 17% of orders from hospitals because it saves lives in emergencies. Their stocks of O and A blood types are lower than they’d like to be, so an extra 8,000 blood donations are needed immediately to boost blood supplies back to normal levels. One third of Australia’s blood supply comes from New South Wales, and because of last week’s flooding it means some of the state’s donors were unable to keep their appointments.
Donating centres will be open Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. So family, if you would like donate please visit their website.
Hear the full interview below: