you can get any group of blood whether its A+, B+, AB+, O+, O-, AB-
Facts about blood needs
- Every year our nation requires about 5 Crore units of blood, out of which only a meager 2.5 Crore units of blood are available.
- The gift of blood is the gift of life. There is no substitute for human blood.
- Every two seconds someone needs blood.
- More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
- A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year.
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
- Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
- More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood
Tips for successful donation -
- Drink plenty of water so you are well-hydrated before donating.
- Bring a donor card, driver's license or two other forms of ID with you to verify your age.
- Have a healthy meal before you donate and try to avoid fatty foods.
- Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
- If you are taking any medications, bring a list of those with you.
- If you are 16-years-old, you may be able to donate with written parental consent. Find the form for your state.
- If you are not feeling well on the day of your donation, please contact us to reschedule your appointment.
Facts about the blood supply
- Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors.
- Type O-negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
- Type AB-positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all other blood types. AB plasma is also usually in short supply.
Facts about blood and its components
- Blood makes up about 7 percent of your body's weight.
- There are four types of transfusable products that can be derived from blood: red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. Typically, two or three of these are produced from a unit of donated whole blood – hence each donation can help save up to three lives.
- Donors can give either whole blood or specific blood components only. The process of donating specific blood components – red cells, plasma or platelets – is called apheresis.
- One transfusion dose of platelets can be obtained through one apheresis donation of platelets or by combining the platelets derived from five whole blood donations.
- Donated platelets must be used within five days of collection.
- Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets. The body will replenish the elements given during a blood donation – some in a matter of hours and others in a matter of weeks.