LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, which supplies hospitals across South Alabama with blood and blood products, is issuing an emergency appeal for O-negative blood due to a critical shortage of this type across the state of Alabama.
"This shortage hit when usage at our hospitals increased dramatically, making it critical for O-negative donors to stop in to our centers or visit one of our blood drives," said LifeSouth South Alabama District Director, Judy Russell.
Only about six percent of the population has O-negative blood, but anyone of any blood type can receive it, so having it available for emergencies is critical.
Anyone 17 or 16 with parental permission, weighing a minimum of 110 pounds and in good health is eligible to donate. A photo ID is also required. LifeSouth is the largest supplier of blood in the state of Alabama. To find a center near you, go to http://www.lifesouth.org/ and click on the "Find a Drive" tab. Enter your zip code to find any donor center or blood drive near you. Call toll-free at (888) 795-2707 for center hours of operation or for more information about blood drives in your area.