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United Blood Services in urgent need of Type O donations

PHOENIX -- There is a big need for blood donations currently and United Blood Services is specifically in need of donors with Type O, the universal blood that can be substituted for other blood types.

In emergency situations when there is no time to determine a patient's blood type, doctors depend on Type O blood to sustain life until the patient can be stabilized.

"[Friday] we had 161 hospital orders for O-negative blood and our type O-postive blood has been reduced to a two-day supply," Sue Thew, a spokesperson with United Blood Services, said.

The two-day supply is to fill the needs of 54 hospitals in Arizona.

Thew says part of the problem is that this is the most populated time of the year for the state.

"Arizona being at its highest time of the year in population with the winter visitors."

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