Dec 18, 2013 6:26 PM by Kirsten Boyd
Bonfils Blood Center says its supply of O-negative blood type products has hit a critical low.
The center says the shortage is the result of the severe cold, needs following recent trauma situations and other everyday needs for surgeries and medical treatments.
"This can be potentially dangerous for Colorado community patients who need blood transfusions. The problem is being compounded by the upcoming Christmas holiday as we usually experience a 20 percent decline across the board in donations as people become busy with holiday shopping, activities and travel," Bonfils Blood Center said in a statement.
O-negative blood donors are the universal donor and have the only blood type that can be transfused into patients before their own blood type is known. Only 6.9 percent of the entire U.S. population has O-negative blood type.
According to Bonfils, only 4 percent of eligible Coloradans donate blood and one single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients.
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