By: Sarah Snyder
They're calling it a "critical" shortage. The United Blood Services of the Permian Basin is reporting a serious need for blood donations.
United Blood Services serves the entire Permian Basin. Over the past few days, they've gone from an "urgent" need of O negative blood to "critical," but here's why it's such a problem: O negative is the universal blood type and anyone can accept it so when there's an accident or emergency, the supply drains out fast putting other emergency patients in danger. In fact, that happened Monday - an accident required a unusually large amount of blood and left the bank completely dry.
"A stat call came in for an urgent need for O positive which is the most common type which is lucky," Jennifer Larson, United Blood Services said. "He used everything, he took all our O Positive off the shelves, 60+ units. Tragedies like that are few and far between, so it's fortunate we had the blood on the shelves that they needed today."