Do you know your blood type? Many people do not know what their blood type is but can easily find out through a primary care physician, a blood type testing kit, doing a calculation based on your parents’ blood type (because blood type is inherited) or through donating to Carter BloodCare.
There are four major blood groups and each has a positive or negative Rh factor: O+/-, A+/-, B+/- and AB+/-. Blood types are very carefully matched for a safe transfusion so the right type is given to the right patient. Not all patients can receive every type of blood. Knowing your blood type can help your community during times of need. When Carter BloodCare requests a specific blood type, you will know if you can help.
Type O- blood is the universal blood type and is the only one that can be transfused to patients with any of the other blood types. Although type O- blood can be transfused to people of any blood type, type O- people can only receive type O- blood. It is the most requested blood type from hospitals, yet only 7% of the population has this blood type. Type O- blood is in high demand but short supply. Type O- blood is the type that emergency room teams will supply first to accident victims, until the patient’s blood type is tested. The same is true for newborn babies.
Unfortunately there is a nationwide shortage of type O- blood. How does that affect Carter BloodCare? It means that when our community is short of O- blood, it is often difficult for us to find another community blood center that has extra supply to share with us.
If you have type O- blood, please consider giving today and increasing the supply to help those who may need it in emergencies, or because a patient with O- blood type is scheduled for surgery. You may be helping to save a loved one or the life of a precious newborn. We can work together in our community to make sure that many patients, adults and children, will be given a greater chance to live because of your self-sacrificial generosity. Let’s roll up our sleeves and give in 2014!