San Diego Blood Bank needs Type O donors

Posted at 12:28 PM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 15:28:32-04

The San Diego Blood Bank put out a call Thursday for donors with Type O blood, especially O-negative, citing a "critical need" at area hospitals.

The supply of O-negative blood shrunk because of the Labor Day holiday weekend and an influx of trauma patients, according to the Blood Bank.

When a trauma patient arrives at a hospital, there usually isn't time to check their blood type, so transfusions are performed with O-negative. That means O-neg, the universal donor type of blood, is always in high demand.

The public can give blood at one of the organization's donation centers or community drives. Times and locations are available online at or calling (800) 469-7322.