Bonfils Blood Center in need of O-negative blood

7:14 AM, Dec 19, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - Bonfils Blood Center says a critical shortage in O-negative blood type products could be dangerous for patients who need blood transfusions.

The center says the shortage is the result of a several factors. The severe cold, rececent trauma situations, everyday sugeries and medical treatments dwindled its supply.

"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 considered "universal donors." They have the only blood type that can be transfused into patients of all blood types. Only 6.9 percent of the entire U.S. population has O-negative blood type.

According to Bonfils, only four percent of eligible Coloradans donate blood, and one single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients.

To find donation locations, visit https://www.bonfils.org/index.cfm/contact-us/donor-center-directory/.

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