BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — United Blood Services tells FOX44 News the demand for type O-negative blood is so big they just don't have enough to go around. They say the timing is critical with the holiday season, and they need donors now more than ever.
“It can be given to anyone in an extreme emergency situation when there is no time to crossmatch the donor’s blood with the patient’s,” explained LeaAnn Teague, Satellite Center Director United Blood Services, this area’s non-profit community blood service provider. “When you do the math, our community needs people who are O-negative to give blood at least twice as often as everyone else!”
Another special need for O-negative blood is in the treatment of babies. Neonatal care facilities require fresh units of O-negative blood each day to treat their tiny patients.
United Blood Services, 8234 One Calais Avenue in Baton Rouge is open:
- Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Donors may call (225) 769-7233 or click here to make a convenient appointment to donate. Walk-ins are welcome.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.