JOHNSTOWN – The American Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for two types of blood.
Both Type O Positive and Type O Negative are at an “extremely critical supply,” according to the Red Cross.
Typically, the Greater Alleghenies Region keeps 2,079 units of O Positive, but only 158 are in the inventory currently. Of O Negative, the region usually stocks 595 units, but it currently has only 24.
The Red Cross noted that inventory levels are at critical levels, especially for Type O products.
Blood donors are desperately needed to ensure life-sustaining blood products are available for hospital patients around the region. The Red Cross said that it takes approximately 48 hours for one voluntary unit of blood to be tested, processed and placed on the shelf of a local blood bank.