Do you know your blood type? Sadly, I didn’t know mine until I moved to Mexico and had to get a Mexican driver’s license.
As it turns out, only 3% of the population is AB-positive. AND, those with AB-positive blood can donate plasma to ANY blood type. Who knew?!
More Facts about Blood. (I chose the ones that I found the most interesting.)
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
- 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.
- The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
- All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.
- One donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
- Half of Red Cross donors male, and half are female.
- Only 7 percent of people in the U.S. have O-negative blood type. O-negative blood type donors are universal donors as their blood can be given to people of all blood types.
- Forty-five percent of people in the U.S. have Type O (positive or negative) blood. This percentage is higher among Hispanics – 57 percent, and among African Americans – 51 percent.
- Only 3 percent of people in the U.S. have AB-positive blood type. AB-positive type blood donors are universal donors of plasma, which is often used in emergencies, for newborns and for patients requiring massive transfusions.
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