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The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, or CBCO, has issued a Code Red Alert for Type O Negative Blood. KSMU's Jennifer Moore has details.
A Code Red Alert means there is less than one day’s supply of O Negative blood on hospital shelves.
Although only nine percent of the population actually has type O Negative blood, it is used more frequently than that in hospital emergency rooms because it can be given to any patient, regardless of that patient’s blood type.
Blood reserve levels tend to fluctuate, but a code red alert means there’s a serious shortage. It has been over two years since the CBCO last issued a Code Red alert. CBCO is asking Type O Negative donors to give blood as soon as possible.
The blood center is the sole provider of blood and blood products to patients at 37 area hospitals.
For more information, you can visit www.cbco.org.
For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.