(WVUE) - The Blood Center says there is an urgent need for blood donations in New Orleans, particularly from RH negative donors.
O-negative blood is considered a “universal donor,” meaning anyone who needs blood can receive it, which makes it ideal for trauma situations where a patient's blood type is unknown.
“We have two young patients requiring daily transfusions, one needs A- and the other needs B-, which must be less than five days old,” according to a news release from Paul Adams, Public Relations Manager for The Blood Center.
Blood donations typically fall during the summer months, and The Blood Center says it has less than a two-day supply of O-negative blood.
Any healthy person who is at least 17 years old (or 16 with a parental consent) and over 110 pounds can donate whole blood every 56 days. Visit
or call 800-86-BLOOD to schedule a donation. Donors need a photo ID and should eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to giving blood.