The San Diego Blood Bank is looking for O-negative donors to give blood amid a serious shortage, blood bank officials said.
According to blood bank spokesperson Jackie Vella, O-negative donors are urgently needed to give blood at San Diego Blood Bank donor centers and bloodmobiles.
The current shortage is being caused by a combination of factors, including a patient suffering from severe trauma and low donor turnout over the last few weeks.
“This is a very risky situation since O-negative is the universal donor, the only type safely given to any trauma patient when there is not time to identify their blood type,” Vella said.
To donate blood, visit the San Diego Blood Bank website or call (800) 469-7322.