A statewide shortage of O-negative blood has United Blood Services issuing an urgent plea for donors.
The blood type O-negative is the universal blood that can be substituted for all other types in emergencies, according to a UBS news release.
As of Monday morning, only 16 units were available to the state's 58 hospitals, or 93 percent below desired levels.
About 13 percent of all red-cell transfusions require O-negative blood, according to the release. Only 6 percent of the population has this blood type.
UBS said it has exhausted all out-of-state resources and is asking donors to give this week.
O-negative blood is used to stabilize patients until their respective blood types can be determined and their conditions stabilized and is routinely used when premature babies and infants under 6 months old require lifesaving transfusions.
For an appointment, call toll free 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) or visit www.BloodHero.com for more information.
UBS Donor Centers are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
UBS Donor Center locations are:
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