San Diego Blood Bank Ships Blood To Haiti
The San Diego Blood Bank has shipped 25 pints of blood to Haiti as part of a national effort to assist the medical teams that are treating the victims of the devastating earthquake. Future shipments are planned as needed in the coming weeks.
Type O positive and O negative are the majority of the blood types that are needed right now in Haiti. O negative is the universal donor and most Haitians have type O blood.
“The San Diego Blood Bank is contributing to a national effort to provide blood and blood products to support patients in Haiti,” said CEO Ramona Walker. “Working in coordination with AABB’s Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism, shipments of blood from the San Diego Blood Bank have been sent to Haiti to help those in need. We would like to thank our blood donors for their ongoing commitment that allows us to help save lives whenever and wherever the need arises.”
Anyone who is at least 17 years old, in good health and weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended before donating. For more information, please call the San Diego Blood Bank at 1-800-4MY-SDBB or go to www.sandiegobloodbank.org