WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The American Red Cross is putting out a call for O negative blood donors.
Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency situations.
While less than 7 percent of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, hospitals depend on frequent O negative donations to ensure it’s always available for patients in need.
Eligible donors with type O negative blood are encouraged to make a whole blood or double red cell donation, where available, through the Red Cross.
During a double red cell donation, two units of red blood cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.