O negative

Blood Shortage in Rocky Mountain Region

Nov 16, 2012

Hospitals often keep several units of O negative, which is often referred to as a universal donor blood type, on hand for emergency trauma patients whose blood type is unknown.  

Mike Frigon of United Blood Services in the Rocky Mountain Region says that an increase in traumas and a reduced amount of donations could explain the current shortage of O negative blood in the area. He says people should consider giving on an ongoing basis to prevent these shortages.