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State’s blood supply running low

A spike in demand for type O negative blood has significantly reduced Western Washington’s blood supply.

Puget Sound Blood Center is urging blood donations over the next two weeks to help bring the supply to adequate levels.

Type O negative blood is considered the universal blood type and can be transfused to any patient suffering from trauma.

A press release from Puget Sound Blood Center said high post-Labor Day demand has resulted in an emergency supply of just one day for this blood type.

It takes more than 900 donor registrations every day to maintain an operational blood supply in Western Washington.

It takes less than one hour to donate blood and because blood can be broken down into three components, each donation can potentially save three lives. Blood donations not only help trauma patients, but those with cancer, premature babies, surgery patients and others.

Those willing to donate can schedule an appointment at any Puget Sound Blood Center blood drive or donor center.

Call 800-398-7888. Walk-ins are also welcome. Go to psbc.org for donation center locations and hours.

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