Carter BloodCare in serious need of O- and B- blood

Released by Carter BloodCare:

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The current inventory of blood types O, Rh Negative and B, Rh Negative is significantly less than the preferred supply for our community.

At this time, Carter BloodCare is strongly urging all able and eligible donors with blood types O negative and B negative to make an appointment to give blood within the next couple of days.  Persons with O negative blood type make up only seven percent of the general population, while those with B negative are a mere two percent.

Carter BloodCare supplies the majority of trauma centers in the East Texas area. Type O negative blood is commonly used for emergencies because any patient can receive it until their own type is known. Carter BloodCare wants to ensure that blood types O negative and B negative are available for area patients, should the need arise.

Potential blood donors must be at least 16 years old with a parent's consent and 17-year-olds may donate independently.  Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Photo ID is required. There is no upper age limit for donors and most medications do not interfere with donor eligibility. For more information or to make an appointment to give blood, call 1-800-DONATE-4 or visit