There is a critical shortage of O-Negative blood in supply at the Red Cross
If you could have one superpower what would it be? Invisibility or telepathic communication powers, perhaps? According to the Red Cross, you may already have a superpower hidden in your blood.
“With one in three of us needing donated blood in our lifetime, the life you save could be that of a friend or family member”, said Shaun Inguanzo from the Red Cross.
O-Negative blood has been dubbed ‘superpower‘ blood. This is because it can be given to anybody in an emergency, regardless of their own blood type. Blood types are divided into four groups; A, B, AB and O. These blood types are classified further as Rh-positive or Rh-negative.
Only nine percent of Australians are O-negative, yet this is the only blood type which can be given to anybody! This makes O-negative blood in very high demand. However, it is still preferable to match blood types exactly, so make sure you donate regardless of your blood type – even if you don’t know what type you are yet. The Red Cross Blood Service are desperate to increase donations this month. By Friday 15 September, an additional 3000 donations of O-negative blood is needed.
“Every blood donation can save three lives”, says the Australian Red Cross
The shortage of blood is thought to be due to a particularly long winter compared to previous years. People suffering cold and flu symptoms were unable to donate, which compromised emergency supplies. There’s only one day’s supply of O-negative blood left.
Sometimes blood transfusions are a one-off for a patient, following an accident or short-term issue. Others require constant transfusions to stay alive. O-negative blood is primarily used for emergency situations and accidents.
If the possibility of saving somebody’s life still isn’t enough initiative for you, the free bicky you’ll receive afterwards has been endorsed by both Adriano Zumbo and the Cookie Monster as the best you’ll ever have. Who can argue with an expert?
Check your eligibility to donate today!