(State) Wind chill warnings are ending this hour, but the cold temperatures and snow are the main reasons Lifeserve Blood Center is reaching out to Iowans..Spokesperson Beth Phillips says there's a critical need to boost the blood supply, which is at dangerously low levels today. She says all types are needed, with one in particular.
"O-Negative is are universal donor so we are in critical need for O-Negative because they are the universal donor and only O-Negative patients can receive O-Negative blood. So there is an especially high demand for O-Negative."
Phillips says all blood types are deparately needed. She says Lifeserve normally has a two to three day supply of blood on shelves, but they've dwindled to less than a two day supply. Donors are urged to schedule appointments, or walk in to donate at Lifeserve Blood Center.
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