O-Negative reserve slips to just two days’ supply.
The Blood Service is urging people with the universal O-Negative blood type to roll up their sleeves and give blood as the nation’s O-Negative reserve slips to just two days’ supply.
Cold and flu symptoms are wiping out up to 1,000 donors a day, placing a strain on existing donors.
Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokesman Shaun Inguanzo said it was time for new donors to come forward this Winter.
“O-Negative is the universal type given to patients in emergency situations, when their blood type is unkown,” he said.
“Australian patients need around 500 O-Negative donations a day to survive these situations.
“With one in three of us needing donated blood in our lifetime the life you save could be that of friend or family member.”
According to the The Australian Medical Students Association, only 1 in 30 Australians (3%) donate blood. Australia needs 25,000 donations a week to fulfill the demand for blood related products
Mr Inguanzo said maintaining O-Negative supplies during Winter was a seasonal challenge for the Blood Service.
“The number of people suffering cold and flu symptoms increases, limiting the number of regular donors who are able to give,” he said.
"Around the country, we are seeing as many as 1,000 people cancel their appointments every day, almost half of them due to illness.
“We need others – in this case people with O-Negative blood – to take the place of those who have cold or flu symptoms.”
Donors affected by cold and flu symptoms are able to give blood after 7 days of showing no symptoms.
To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au/make-appointment
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