FARMINGTON — United Blood Services is looking for type O blood donors as part of a nationwide movement to encourage blood donors to give during the final weeks of August, according to a press release the nonprofit sent out on Monday.
Donors can make an appointment to donate by calling 505-246-1457 or visiting www.UnitedBloodServices.org/nm.
Only 6 percent of the population has O-negative blood. This blood type is important because all patients can safely receive the blood.
O-positive blood is the most prevalent type. According to the press release, 37 percent of the population has O-positive blood, which means there is a greater need for O-positive donors.
"Another special need for O-negative blood is in the treatment of babies," said Abraham Chacon, the regional donor recruitment director, in the press release. "Neonatal care facilities require fresh units of O-negative blood each day to treat their tiny patients."
Donors must be at least 16 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.
"Every two to three seconds in this country, someone needs blood," Chacon said in the press release. "And you never know when you or someone you love will be the one. We all expect blood to be available when we need it, but only a few of those who can give actually roll up their sleeves."