The Blood Service is desperately urging people with O-Negative blood to make a donation by the end of the month, as the nation’s reserve slips to just two days’ supply.
According to The Australian Red Cross, an extra 4,500 O-Negative blood donations are needed this month to help boost Blood Service stocks up to normal levels.
It’s understood an increase in demand for O Negative blood, combined with a drop-off in donor numbers due to cold and flu symptoms, is behind the decline in supply.
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“During cold and flu season, sickness leads to as many as 1,000 cancelled donations per week,” the Australian Red Cross Blood service said.
Spokesman Shaun Inguanzo says O-Negative is a universal blood type that can be used in an emergency situation where the patient’s blood type is unknown.
“With one in three of us needing donated blood in our lifetime, the life you save could be that of a friend or family member,” Mr Inguanzo said.
“The number of people suffering cold and flu symptoms greatly impacts the number of regular donors who are able to give.
“We need others to take the place of those who will be unable to answer our call.”
Donors who are affected by cold and flu symptoms are able to give blood at least seven days after making a full recovery.
To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.