Type O-negative blood supply runs low in Joplin, Mo.

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a code red alert on type O-negative blood in the aftermath of the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the Joplin, Mo., area Sunday evening.

A code red alert means that there is less than a one’s day supply of blood available for patients at area hospitals supplied by CBCO. Type O-negative blood donors are urgently needed for ongoing relief efforts and to replenish reserves.

CBCO’s Springfield, Mo., Donor Centers are extending their hours on Monday, and extra staff is being added so donors may respond to the appeal.  Type O-negative blood is the only blood type that is running short at this time. 

“Type O-negative blood donors are the ones that need to respond today,” said CBCO Executive Director Don Thomson. “Although all donors are welcome, it is really type O-negative, the universal type, that is needed for victims of the storms.”

Immediately following the Sunday evening storms, CBCO transported over 150 units of red blood cells along with over a dozen units of platelets to the stricken area. CBCO donors provide all of the blood for patients at thirty-seven area hospitals. 

For more information on how to donate, call 1-800-280-5337, or log on to www.cbco.org.