Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Blood Alliance Sounds Alarm for O-Negative Supplies Exhausted; All Donations Down

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Blood Alliance Sounds Alarm for O-Negative Supplies Exhausted; All Donations Down

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Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer

The Florida Georgia Blood Alliance has issued an emergency call for donors with O-negative blood after supplies were exhausted for the blood type found in about 15 percent of the population.

The Blood Alliance could not fill requests for the O-negative blood yesterday made by Shands Jacksonville and St. Luke's hospitals, spokeswoman Pamela Wilson said.

"When we came in, we had no O-negative at all," Wilson said, adding that Shands and St. Luke's had to request the blood from other hospitals that had it in stock.

"We have to build our stocks back up." Wilson said. "We are seeing a trend of people not donating due to donor fatigue after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and some people think we are throwing blood away because of media reports about the American Red Cross."

The Blood Alliance said that donations during November were 30 percent below usual.

"The holiday time of December and early January is the most critical for blood banks across the country," Wilson said, "because the donations go down while the usage goes up. …

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