You should know your blood type!

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-01-01 18:27:50 -0600
Started 2010-12-31 21:56:30 -0600

Did you know that?

Almost 40% of the population (U.S.) has O+ blood

Patients with Type O blood must receive Type O blood

About half of all blood ordered by hospitals is Type O

Type O blood is the universal blood type and is the only blood type that can be transfused to patients with other blood types

Only about 7% of all people have Type O negative blood

Type O negative blood is the preferred type for accident victims and babies needing exchange transfusions

There is always a need for Type O donors because their blood may be transfused to a person of any blood type in an emergency

If your blood type is . . .

Type (You Can Give Blood To) You Can Receive Blood From

A+ A+ AB+ A+ A- O+ O-
O+ O+ A+ B+ AB+ O+ O-
B+ B+ AB+ B+ B- O+ O-
AB+ AB+ Everyone
A- A+ A- AB+ AB- A- O-
O- Everyone O-
B- B+ B- AB+ AB- B- O-
AB- AB+ AB- AB- A- B- O-

Out of 100 donors . . . . .

84 donors are RH+ 16 donors are RH-
38 are O+ 7 are O-
34 are A+ 6 are A-
9 are B+ 2 are B-
3 are AB+ 1 is AB-

Knowing your blood type, and that of your immediate family members may prove to be crucial in an emergency.
Consider becoming a blood donor once, or twice a year, it will help to save lives as well as to help maintain a blood plasma supply for emergency use in the future.


Tags: blood types

6 replies

CaliKo 2011-01-01 11:59:11 -0600 Report

Great reminder, Mays, and this is one of those times of the year the blood supplies are typically low. Happy New Year!

RAYT721 2011-01-01 07:47:26 -0600 Report

I was recently thinking about that because even though I have had blood work done, I have no clue what blood type I am. I will definitely be asking that of my doctor. Thanks for the info.

CaliKo 2011-01-01 11:58:25 -0600 Report

When you give blood, they will always type it. I always gave to Carter Blood Care, I don't know if its national or not, but they chart your information, including blood type and total cholesteral, and give you an online link to your information. I'm just saying that's a way to find out your blood type for free. Your doctor may or may not have had a reason to type your blood and have it on file. Happy New Year, Ray!

jayabee52 2011-01-01 05:38:45 -0600 Report

I am O+. And I donated blood ever since age 16. I am no longer able to donate because of all the meds I must take, and because I am a renal patient. (I just hate it that I can no longer give blood. I felt better physically and also felt better about myself when I donated blood.)

But I urge everyone who is able to please donate blood at every time it is safe for you to donate.

Just prior to Thanksgiving I developed a bleeding ulcer, and needed to be infused with 6 units of blood.

If you are unsure whether your blood is acceptable because of meds you take, just call the people who do blood drives in your locality, and go over your list of meds with them and they'll tell you if you are eligible to donate.

There is usually such a great need for donors.