Red Cross says central Ohio facing critical shortage of Type O blood

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — American Red Cross says it is facing a critical shortage of Type O blood.

The organization says they have less than a two day supply of Type O blood. The universal blood type is most needed during emergency situations. 

The shortage is impacting hospitals right here in central Ohio. 

“When trauma patients come into the emergency room and they need blood very quickly there is no time for a doctor to type them and to figure out what their blood type is. They know they can reach for the type O blood it will be safe for that patient,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the American Red Cross in Columbus. 

With less than a two day supply of Type O blood available, thus means just six units are readily accessible for every 100,000 people. At least 14 are needed every day. 

“Blood donations start to decline around May during trauma awareness month as schools start to let out. We do typically see they continue throughout the summer,” says Wilson. 

The American Red Cross blood donation center in Dublin took donations from several people Tuesday after putting out a nationwide call for help. 

It is the one thing that you can donate that you know is actually going to the people need it. A cash donation you are never sure if it is covering expenses or going to a CEO salary this you know is not getting used incorrectly,” said donor Lori Patingale. 

Patingale had been donating blood for 20 years. Her O-negative blood type makes her a perfect donor. 

“You know you are helping somebody. You’ll never know who but that is what we are called to do is to help a stranger.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 14-June 8:

Franklin County

Canal Winchester

6/2/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Gender Road Christian Church, 5336 Gender Road

6/4/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Diley Ridge Medical Center, 7911 Diley Road

Columbus

5/14/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Capitol Square Office Building, 65 East State Street

5/14/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/15/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., University Hospital East, 181 Taylor Avenue

5/15/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street

5/15/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Fisher College of Business, Geralch Hall, 2100 Neil Avenue

5/15/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/16/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., IMC Real Estate Management, LLC, 1105 Schrock Road

5/16/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU 18th Ave Library, 175 W.18th Ave

5/16/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3535 Olentangy River Road

5/16/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/16/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Our Lady of Victory Churh, 1559 Roxbury Rd

5/16/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive

5/16/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Cecilia Church, 434 Norton Road

5/17/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/18/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/18/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive

5/18/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Worthington Mall, 7227 N. High St

5/19/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/19/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Christ the King-Columbus, 2777 E. Livingston Ave

5/20/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street

5/20/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/20/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive

5/21/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbus Firefighters IAFF Local 67, 379 W. Broad Street

5/21/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., OSU Knowlton Hall, 275 W. Woodruff

5/21/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/22/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue

5/22/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/23/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street

5/23/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., COSI, 333 W. Broad Street

5/23/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., OSU Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road

5/23/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/23/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of the Redeemer United Methodist, 235 McNaughten Road

5/23/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive

5/24/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/24/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Whetstone Library, 3909 N. High Street

5/24/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Bexley Public Library, 2411 E Main St

5/24/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Worthington Christian church, 8145 N. High Street

5/25/2019: 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/25/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive

5/26/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/27/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/28/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street

5/28/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cols State Comm College Nestor Hall, 550 East Spring Street

5/28/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/28/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Brookside Golf and Country, 2770 W. Dublin-Granville Road

5/28/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Worthington Kilbourne High School, 1499 Hard Rd

5/28/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lucky’s Market, 2770 N. High Street

5/29/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Dept of Physics Research Building, 191 West Woodruff Avenue

5/29/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/30/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Alumni Hall, 301 E Rich Street

5/30/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., KeyBank, 88 E. Broad Street

5/30/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ashland University, 1900 E. Dublin-Granville Road

5/30/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU College of Nursing, 1585 Neil Avenue

5/30/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Red Cross, 995 E. Broad Street

5/30/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/30/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive

5/31/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

5/31/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street

6/1/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

6/1/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive

6/1/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St James Lutheran, 5660 Trabue Road

6/2/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

6/3/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Doctors Hospital, 5100 West Broad Street

6/3/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street

6/3/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Campbell Hall, 1787 Neil Ave.

6/3/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road

6/3/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

6/3/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive

6/3/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., OSU RPAC, 337 Annie & John Glenn Ave

6/4/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., OSU Office of University Development, 1480 W. Lane Avenue

6/4/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cott Systems, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive

6/4/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

6/5/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

6/5/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 995 E. Broad Street

6/6/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Red Cross, 995 E. Broad Street

6/6/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street

6/6/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

6/6/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive

6/7/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

6/8/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road

6/8/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive

6/8/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 2121 Joyce Ave

Dublin

5/14/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Atrium II, 5455 Rings Road

5/17/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Convalarium, 6430 Post Road

5/19/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Northwest Chapel, 6700 Rings Road

5/20/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St.

5/24/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Crown Motor, 6500 Perimeter Loop

5/25/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St.

5/28/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Kroger Marketplace-Sawmill, 7625 Sawmill Rd

5/30/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Nothing Bundt Cakes, 6560 Perimeter Dr

6/7/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road

Gahanna

5/14/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/15/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/16/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/17/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/18/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/19/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/20/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/21/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/22/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/23/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/24/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/25/2019: 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/26/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/26/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Stonybrook United Methodist Church, 485 Cherrybottom Road

5/27/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/28/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/29/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/30/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

5/31/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

6/1/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

6/2/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

6/3/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

6/4/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

6/5/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

6/6/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

6/7/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

6/7/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Gahanna Public Library, 310 Granville Street

6/8/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

Galloway

5/24/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Prairie Township Community Center, 5955 West Broad St

6/2/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road

Grove City

5/23/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Nationwide Southpark, 3400 Southpark

5/25/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus Street

6/5/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Grove City Kingston Center Community Drive, 3226 Kingston Avenue

Hilliard

5/17/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Brendan Church, 4475 Dublin Road

6/8/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., YMCA, 4515 Cosgray Road

New Albany

5/16/2019: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., New Albany Surgical Hospital, 7277 Smiths Mill Road

Upper Arlington

5/18/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, 2300 Lytham Rd.

6/1/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., City of Upper Arlington, 3600 Tremont Rd

Westerville

5/24/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State Street

6/8/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State Street

Worthington

5/31/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Old Worthington Library, 820 High Street

5/31/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Worthington Parks & Recreation, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd.

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