Blood donations crucial to help save lives

According to the Red Cross, someone here in the United States needs blood or platelets every two seconds.

"Blood donations are really important. They can be life-saving for many people – people with cancer, people undergoing big operations, heart operations, operations on their blood vessels, cancer operations. Those people need blood, because sometimes they can lose blood during the operation," said Dr. Baruch Fertel, an emergency medicine physician.

It’s important to have all blood types available, however, type O negative is considered universal. That means it can be used on anyone in an emergency situation.

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