United Blood Services issues plea for blood donors in Ariz.Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX (AP) -- United Blood Services has issued a plea for donors to step forward, saying Arizona's supply of blood type O-negative has slipped to extremely low levels.
As of Monday, the nonprofit says just 16 units of O-negative blood remained to fill the needs of 58 hospitals. That leaves the state more than 90 percent below necessary levels.
United Blood Services points to increased demand. It says about 13 percent of all red cell transfusions have required O-negative while only 6 percent of the population has this rare blood type.
O-negative is the blood type that trauma patients, pregnant women and babies generally receive when lifesaving transfusions are required.
The nonprofit says it has exhausted out-of-state resources to meet patient needs in Arizona. Donation centers are set up in Phoenix and the surrounding area.
UBS Donor Centers
Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Chandler Donor Center: 1989 W. Elliot Road, #33 (Elliot and Dobson)
Glendale Donor Center: 18583 N. 59th Ave., #113 (59th Avenue and Union Hills)
Goodyear Donor Center: 14270 W. Indian School Road, #C-8 (Indian School and Litchfield) - Closed Fridays
Mesa Donor Center: 1337 S. Gilbert Road, #101 (Gilbert and Hampton)
Phoenix Donor Center: 5757 N. Black Canyon Hwy. (Bethany Home Road and I-17)
Scottsdale Donor Center: 15170 N. Hayden Road, #6 (Hayden and 83rd Place)
For an appointment or more information, call 1-877-UBS-HERO toll free or visit www.BloodHero.com.