Donors needed as blood bank supply reaches critical levels

The Blood Bank of Hawaii (BBH) is asking the public to donate blood.

The bank says it experienced lower than expected donor turnout this week, due to the Independence Day weekend.

It currently has less than one day’s supply of O-positive and O-negative blood.

“It’s the perfect storm — blood usage has been strong at hospitals; donor turnout is lower than normal; and blood centers across the mainland are facing the same issues so resource sharing is not available,” said BBH president and CEO Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen. “We are appealing to the public to please come out and donate, especially for those with type O blood, over the next several weeks to help ensure we have blood on the shelves for Hawaii’s patients.”

While all types are needed, the bank is looking in particular for O positive and O negative blood. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood.

Donors are encouraged to make appointments by calling 848-4770 or visiting BBH’s website. You must be in good health, be 18 years of age or older, weigh 110 pounds or more, and have a photo ID with birth date.

Nearly 200 donors are needed every day to ensure there is blood on the shelves for Hawaii’s patients.

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