Abernethy Laurels to Host Blood Drive as Shortage Continues

June 3, 2019

Abernethy Laurels is encouraging people to give blood following an urgent request by the American Red Cross for type O blood, saying it has less than a two-day supply in emergency rooms. The drive is scheduled for Thursday, June 6 from 12pm-4:30pm on the campus of Abernethy Laurels, 102 Leonard Avenue, Newton.

Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and right now there is less than a two-day blood supply on hand. That means just six units of type O blood are available for every 100,000 people, but at least 14 are needed every day. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and is also critical in trauma situations.

Donors should be healthy adults 17 and older who weigh more than 110 pounds. Prior to donating, those giving must present official photo identification.

Anyone interested in donating may come within the drive hours or for more information, call Shaylyn Ladd at 828-465-8028.