Me sporting my Commit for life Tee before my attempted run last night
I am O- which is the universal blood type. That means that anyone that needs it can accept my blood. However, did you know that as a person with an O- blood type, should anything happen to me, I can only receive O- blood. Another fact, less than 8% of the population is O-.
AB- is an even rarer blood type; less than 1% have this blood type. However they have more options when it comes to both receiving and donating blood. O- and AB- are the most sought after blood types when it comes to blood donations due to how rare they are and how many uses they have.
O+ is the most common blood type followed by A+.
Me hooked up to the apheresis machine doing my double red cell donation today!
Another plus to donating is I can sign in online and monitor my cholesterol, blood pressure, and a few other things after every donation. It's a good way to keep an eye on your health.
A few extra facts from www.americasblood.org
- 4.5 million Americans will a need blood transfusion each year.
- 43,000 pints: amount of donated blood used each day in the U.S. and Canada.
- Someone needs blood every two seconds.
- About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.
- One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
- Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types, especially type O.
- A patient could be forced to pass up a lifesaving organ, if compatible blood is not available to support the transplant
- 17 percent of non-donors cite "never thought about it" as the main reason for not giving, while 15 percent say they're too busy.
- The #1 reason blood donors say they give is because they "want to help others."
- Blood centers often run short of types O and B red blood cells