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O-Negative Donors Needed By San Diego Blood Bank

Above: A woman receives a transfusion of donated blood while lying in a hospital bed, June 6, 2008.

The San Diego Blood Bank announced Wednesday that it's facing a shortage of the main blood type that can be provided to hospital patients.

"O-negative donors are urgently needed to give blood immediately at San Diego Blood Bank donor centers and bloodmobiles, " said Jackie Vella of the blood bank. "This shortage is being caused by a patient suffering from severe trauma and low donor turnout over the last few weeks. "

O-negative blood is the universal donor type, the only one that can be given safely to any trauma patient when there isn't time to identify their blood type, according to Vella.

Locations of donor centers or bloodmobiles is available online at, or by phone at (800) 469-7322.

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