You just found out your blood type is O negative and you’ve been told that this is great news. So, what does this REALLY mean?
If your blood type is O negative, then you are a pretty rare diamond in the rocks! In fact, only seven percent of the world’s population is O negative. O negative is also commonly known as the universal blood type because your blood can be transfused to patients with different types of blood. (Incidentally, if you are O negative, you can only receive O negative blood.) This is also why O negative blood is often used for emergencies and accidents since there is no time to spare for blood typing prior to transfusions.
Carter BloodCare often runs short of O negative blood during the summer and winter holidays due to everyone’s busy schedules. Did you know that 32,000 pints of donated blood are used each day in the United States? Wow, that’s a lot of blood!
Although all donations are important, if you are O negative, know that your blood donation can save any individual’s life no matter what blood type they may be. There are only four steps to donating blood: medical history, quick physical, donation and snacks. And, might we add that the snacks are quite phenomenal! The entire donation process only takes about one hour out of your day. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and give blood often to help maintain the community blood supply!
Schedule your blood donation today by calling 1-800-DONATE-4 or visit www.carterbloodcare.org/locations.
Comment below and tell us your story.