CBCO has issued a Code Red Emergency Appeal for type O Negative blood. A Code Red Emergency Appeal means that there is less than a one-day supply of blood in reserve for patient use at those hospitals. The blood center needs an immediate response from type O-Negative donors to overcome the low reserve levels.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued an emergency appeal for types O-Negative and A-Negative blood.

CBCO is the sole local provider of blood for patients at 40 area hospitals in southwest Missouri, northwest Arkansas and southeast Kansas. Sick and injured hospital patients depend on CBCO donors to provide the lifesaving blood they need.

CBCO has issued a Code Red Emergency Appeal for type O Negative blood. A Code Red Emergency Appeal means that there is less than a one-day supply of blood in reserve for patient use at those hospitals. The blood center needs an immediate response from type O-Negative donors to overcome the low reserve levels.

O-Negative blood type makes up just 7 percent of the U.S. population, yet it can be transfused to almost anyone in need, no matter their blood type. In the event of an emergency, trauma patients and accident victims are given a fighting chance at life due to O-Negative blood transfusion. When there isn’t enough time to determine a patient’s blood type, physicians use O-Negative blood. However, those with O-Negative blood can receive only O-Negative blood. 

Since it takes hundreds of donations per day to meet area patient needs, reserve levels can and often do fluctuate throughout the week. Blood donors of all types are encouraged to give soon at a CBCO blood drive or donor center.

Participants at any CBCO Blood Drive between the dates of December 11-31 will receive a free long sleeved shirt as a thank you gift. These shirts carry a very special holiday message. CBCO wishes our donors the happiest of holiday seasons.  

Go to www.cbco.org for information on how to donate.