Donated blood at the San Diego Blood Bank. Image from video
Donated blood at the San Diego Blood Bank. Image from video

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, which is compatible with every other blood type. That means O-negative is always in high demand.

The public can give blood at one of the organization’s six donation centers across San Diego County. Times and locations are available online at SanDiegoBloodBank.org or by calling (800) 469-7322.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.