B Negative blood is needed to prevent chronic shortage in Lane County. Only 2% of the US population has this blood type. Two percent of Lane County’s population is 7,000. Guess how many of those people donate blood? Only 300—and most of those 300 don’t donate regularly.
Lane Blood Center needs to collect 24 units of B Negative blood every week. In recent months collections of this blood type have been about 25% below this goal. This might not sound like a lot but if you think about one patient using 5-6 units when the supply is already low, the supply could drop to 50% of what’s needed in a heartbeat.
Though only 2% of the US population has B Negative blood, some nationalities are more likely to have this blood type than others. You can see from the map that people of Asian or African decent are much more likely to have type B blood than Caucasians (25% and 19% respectively).
If you have B Negative blood please consider becoming a donor. If you have B Negative blood and you already donate we thank you and encourage you to give as often as you’re able.