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Antelope Valley Hospital seeks type O-negative blood donors to replenish diminishing supply

January 22, 2010 |  8:39 am

The blood donor center at Antelope Valley Hospital is urgently appealing to people with type O-negative blood to donate because supplies are nearing crisis levels.

Supplies have been running short since December because type O-negative blood can be given to patients with any blood type in an emergency situation, hospital officials said in a statement.

Traumas and emergency surgeries have contributed to the depletion of the hospital's type O-negative blood supply, and an ongoing regional shortage has prevented the hospital from getting additional replacement units from outside suppliers, officials said.

Individuals with type O-negative blood are being asked to contact the hospital's blood donor center to make an appointment. They also can walk in during regular hours. According to information published by the center, donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 18 years old and must not have given blood in the last eight weeks, among other requirements.

The blood donor center is at 1600 West Ave. J in Lancaster and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The telephone number is (661) 949-5622.

-- Ann M. Simmons

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