Written by: DEANNA BOYD, DOMINGO RAMIREZ, DUSTIN DANGLI AND CATHY BELCHER
Carter BloodCare is seeking blood donations, saying preferred levels were already low even prior to an Irving bus crash that injured 41 people.
“It would be great to help replenish the supplies. We were already at less than preferred levels,” said Yesenia Olide.
Olide said Carter BloodCare supplies 90 percent of blood products to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is the sole provider for Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where 15 of the those injured in Thursday’s bus crash were taken.
Though in need of all blood types, Olide said the agency is seeking 200 O negative blood donors daily for the next two weeks.
“When a trauma victim comes into the hospital, they don’t have time to (blood) type them right away,” Olide said. “If they’re needing, O negative is what they’re going to get because that is compatible with most blood types.”