Type O negative blood donors provide the universal blood type most often used in emergency situations. When an emergency happens somewhere in the Ozarks and someone’s life depends on an immediate transfusion, O negative is the type physicians will request until the patient’s actual blood type is determined. At Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, we call these special donors U-Donors, short for Universal Donors.
Your blood type is not common – less than 8% of the population has it, yet more than 13% of all blood transfused in our community requires it. The result is chronic, and often severe shortages of the universal blood type.
Interestingly, type O negative patients can only receive blood from other O negative donors. As a U-Donor, you have a very special calling indeed. In order to encourage frequent blood donations, we offer U-Donors some U-nique LifePoints advantages:
- All current CBCO type O negative donors will automatically begin accumulating LifePoints effective July 1, 2015.
- During the 12-month period from July 1st thru June 30th, U-Donors will receive progressively higher points for each blood donation (whole blood or apheresis with red blood cells):
- 1st Donation: 1,000 points
- 2nd Donation: 2,000 points
- 3rd Donation: 3,000 points
- 4th Donation: 4,000 points
- 5th Donation: 5,000 points
- 6th Donation: 6,000 points
- 7th Donation: 7,000 points
- U-donors will also receive progressively higher points for each double red cell donation:
- 1st Donation: 2,000 points
- 2nd Donation: 5,000 points
- 3rd Donation: 10,000 points
- Upon completion of the 4th donation (whole blood, apheresis with red cells, or double red cells), U-donors will achieve VIP status and will be invited to attend our annual U-Donor banquet held in the fall each year beginning 2016.