Bonfils says they are in critical need for O-negative donors

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DENVER — Bonfils Blood Center says they have a critical need for O-negative donors.

“The bitter cold temperatures we experienced last week along with an increase in usage for recent emergency and trauma situations along with the everyday need for routine surgeries and medical treatments in local Denver area hospitals has depleted our O-negative blood donation supply,” said spokeswoman Tiffany Anderson.

O-negative blood donors are sometimes called universal donors because they have a blood type that can be safely transferred to patients with other blood types.

Only 6.9 percent of the US has O-negative blood, Anderson said.

“Currently only 4 percent of eligible Coloradoans donate blood and one single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients,” Anderson said.

Call Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or 800-365-0006, opt. 2 or schedule an appointment online to give blood.