New York Blood Center says O-negative in short supply

August 30, 2013 3:55:22 AM PDT
The New York Blood Center says it has less than a two-day supply of O-negative "universal donor" blood heading into the Labor Day weekend.

The center said Thursday it tries to maintain a seven to nine-day supply of all blood types.

O-negative can be transfused into anyone during a trauma situation when there's no time for blood typing.

The center says there are fewer scheduled blood drives than usual during the first week of September.

The center provides blood, transfusion products and services to hospitals around New York City, Long Island, New York's Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.