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.
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