Urgent Call For Blood Donations As Reserves Drop To Critical Low

Supplies of O-negative blood have reached their lowest point this year, prompting the Australian Red Cross blood service to call for thousands with the rare blood type, to donate.

Blood Service spokeswoman Belinda Smetioukh said regular donors had been knocked out by cold and flu. Overall, reserves have fallen to less than two days' supply.

Nearly 2000 Queensland blood donors have cancelled appointments to donate each week since the start of winter.

A media release from the Red Cross says blood is needed for different procedures in the US every two seconds, including for accident victims, organ transplant patients and people receiving treatment for cancer.

Blood Service spokesperson Helen Wash said: "We are urging first-time and regular O negative donors to roll up their sleeves and give blood in order to boost supplies".

The American Red Cross and Meijer will partner for a blood drive to help address the emergency blood shortage.

"We need 1000 O Negative donations in Queensland over the next two weeks to meet this demand".

"We need others to step up - in this case people with O Negative blood - to take the place of those who are unable to answer our call", says Ms Smetioukh.

One in three Australians will require blood in their lifetime.

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