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O Negative Shortage

July 27, 2017

NEWARK, Del. – Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) is trying to alleviate a critical shortage in the rare but powerful O negative blood type that hospitals frequently use for emergencies and surgeries.

As it stands, BBD does not have enough O negative blood to keep hospitals in Delmarva adequately supplied.

O negative is one of the rarest blood types in the world, comprising only 6.6 percent of the world population. That’s only about one out of every 15 people.

And, yet, the O negative blood type is a powerful tool for transfusions needed for trauma and accident victims. Because this blood type is universal it can be used for almost any patient in need regardless of his blood type, according to O negative is particularly useful when a patient requires an immediate blood transfusion, and it is also the safest for newborn infants.

Please call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit to schedule an appointment today. BBD officials are concerned about the low O negative blood supply given the increased activity of the general population during the summer months. In addition, BBD’s ongoing Summer Blood Challenge lasts until Sept. 23.

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