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O-negative blood needed

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Shreveport, La. (KNOE 8 News) – LifeShare Blood Centers reports a stable blood supply with the exception of type O negative. The local supply for O negative blood is currently slightly more than three days. Blood donations are projected to decrease during the holiday weeks, which will reduce the blood supply level.

"Less businesses and schools hold blood drives near the holidays, and any drop in the O negative supply is going to push us into a critical level. Because of this, we are asking anyone with O negative blood, or those who do not know their blood type, to donate blood as soon as possible," says Tina Hooper, Director, PR and Communications for LifeShare Blood Centers. "Blood is used every day, and must be replenished regularly. The shelf life is 42 days, so if we are able to get an influx of O negative in the next few days it will help carry patients through the days of low donations expected during the next two weeks," she said.

O negative is the universal donor, meaning that all blood types can receive O negative blood, which is key in emergency situations where the patient's blood type is not known. Also people with O negative blood type can only receive O negative blood.

The following LifeShare Blood Centers' locations are open for blood donations along with several mobile blood drives in the area. To locate a mobile blood drive, make an appointment, or for more information call your nearest center or go to www.lifeshare.org.

Centers listed below close at 2p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31; and are closed all day Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

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