Kentuckians donating more blood after mass shooting in Las Vegas
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas people across the country and right here in the Bluegrass are looking for ways to help. Many are doing that by donating blood.
"We have seen an uptick in donors yesterday," said Martha Osborne with the Kentucky Blood Center. "About double what we would typically see on a Monday."
Osborne says that while they appreciate the response it's important to remember that it takes 24-48 hours to have blood tested and shipped to hospitals, so the supply needs to be on the shelves before an event like we saw in Las Vegas.
"The only way to make sure that happens is with regular blood donations," said Osborne. "All blood types are important and we need all types every day, but particularly O negative"
That's because O negative cells are considered "universal" meaning they can be transfused to almost any patient in need. These donors have a unique opportunity, therefore, to help in times of emergency.
Officials in Las Vegas say because of an outpouring of local support, they are no longer in need of donations from other states. But, with more than 500 people injured that could change and the blood center says they are standing by to help if the need arises.
If you're interested in donating blood you can visit the Kentucky Blood Center's Beaumont location on Thursday, October 5th from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the "98.1 the Bull Cares" blood drive.