United Blood Services of the Concho Valley announced today that supply on hand of O Negative blood type is extremely low. According to Linda Grace, Senior Donor Recruitment Representative with United Blood Services,

“Everyone should be alarmed by this – O Negative is the universal blood type that anyone can be safely transfused with – critically important to trauma patients when there is no time to perform the blood typing test”

Donors are needed to stabilize the Concho Valley blood supply. In addition, platelet donors are needed. Platelets can be donated at the donation center and are used by surgery and trauma patients. Platelets have a five day shelf life.  All blood types are welcome.

United Blood Services  2020 W. Beauregard  San Angelo, TX  325-223-7500
Open:  Monday, Tuesday & Thursday  Noon – 5.30pm; Wednesday & Friday 8am – 1.30pm;Sat 9am – 1.30pm.

You must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health to donate. Donors between 16 and 22 must meet additional height and weight requirements.  16 year old donors must present a Minor Donor Permit Form signed by a parent or guardian. The Minor Donor Permit can be found online at www.unitedbloodservices.org.