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published on 07/24/2008

Blood Assurance Issuing an Appeal for O Negative Donations

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Blood Assurance is in critical need of O negative blood donations. The regional blood center currently has less than one dayís supply of O negative blood.

Approximately 4 percent of the population has O negative blood, which is commonly referred to as the universal type of blood. It is used in emergency situations when the patientís blood type is unknown.

Donors are urged to visit any location of Blood Assurance or donate at one of the bloodmobiles in the community. Blood Assurance has locations in Downtown Chattanooga, East Brainerd (Gunbarrel), Cleveland, Hixson (North River), inside Erlanger Hospital at the Baroness Campus, Cookeville, and Tullahoma, TN; Dalton, Fort Oglethorpe and Rome, GA; and in Fort Payne, AL.

Refrigerated red blood cells are stored for a maximum of 42 days, so the need for blood donors of all types is constant. Each day, 47 area healthcare facilities in 31 counties depend exclusively on Blood Assurance to supply blood products for patients in need.

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