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Critical Need for Type O Blood in Hernando & Citrus Counties

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on May 3, 2018

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, which supplies 19 hospitals in north central Florida is issuing an appeal for Type O-positive and Type O-negative blood due to a critical shortage.

This shortage hit when usage at our hospitals increased dramatically, making it critical for type O donors to stop in to our centers or visit one of our blood drives. With the local blood supply facing this significant low inventory level, LifeSouth encourages everyone to come out and give the gift of life – donate blood.

Type O positive is the most common blood type and therefore it is the most needed. Type O negative is rarer with only 6% of the population having O negative, but they are the “universal donor”, meaning everyone can receive this type of blood. This is especially true for trauma patients where O negative is used to save their lives before the blood type can be determined.

Nationwide, of the eligible donors, only 5% donate. The main reason for not donating is “no one asked”.

LifeSouth asks today for your help in resolving this critical need for Type O blood.

What can you do?

You can donate. You can tell your neighbors. You can tell your friends. You can tell someone, to donate blood and save lives.

The LifeSouth bloodmobiles are out in our community every day, and the Blood Center is open every day.

Please visit us at 12395 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville, or 1241 S. Lecanto Hwy. in Lecanto, or call 353-596-2002 to schedule an appointment or to find the bloodmobile.

Anyone 17, or 16 with parental permission, weighing a minimum of 110 pounds and in good health is eligible to donate blood.

A photo ID is also required. Visit www.lifesouth.org to find a blood drive near you.

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