Ky. (WYMT) - Officials with the Kentucky Blood Center say their stockpiles of a negative blood types are getting low and they are asking people to donate as soon as possible.
Kentucky Blood Center officials say in late July, they saw signs that a problem was approaching.
"This week it really came to the forefront that suddenly we're having more transfusions than we are having blood collected," said Denise Fields, the Marketing Manager for the Kentucky Blood Center.
Now they say they need more O negative, A negative and B negative blood type donations. Only 7 percent of the population has O negative blood.
Medical officials say virtually anyone can except an O negative blood type, which is why hospitals and clinics need plenty of it during emergencies.
"In the case of trauma, when they come through the door they need the blood immediately. There is no time to obtain a specimen from them to get the blood type," said Lu Ann Maggard, who is a Medical Technologist at Hazard ARH.
"Going forward, if we don't get more O-neg donors and negative blood donors in then we could have a more serious situation," Fields said.
She says that could lead to delayed surgeries and emergency procedures in the 70 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky KBC services..
"It's a good time to come in and donate and help someone who really needs the blood," said Fields.
KBC officials tell us they need 400 pints of donations each day to meet the needs of folks in the region.
There will be a blood drive outside of Hazard ARH this coming Tuesday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Folks who donate will have the chance to win a car!
For more information on how you can donate blood, visit kybloodcenter.org .