People with O Negative blood are called universal donors because their red blood cells can be transfused into anyone, regardless of the recipient’s own blood type. That’s because the O- blood group is free of all three major antigens (A, B and Rh). Antigens are special molecules that can provoke an immune response. An incompatible blood type can cause the body to attack the foreign antigens and the blood cells carrying them.
This is very important in emergency situations when a person requires immediate blood transfusion with no time to test his or her blood group. O- blood is also important for premature babies and cancer patients
Only 6.6 percent of the population has O- blood. As a result, it is always in great demand and often in short supply.
TYPE O NEGATIVE BLOOD FACTS
|Percentage of Population:||6.6%|
|Blood Types You Can Receive:||O-|
|Patients Who Can Receive Your Red Cells:||Anyone|
|Patients Who Can Receive Your Platelets:||O-, O+|
|Patients Who Can Receive Your Plasma:||O-, O+|
MAKE YOUR DONATION COUNT
Double Red Cell Donation via ALYX
As an O- donor, your red blood cells are in demand. Consider donating double red cells via ALYX at Lane Blood Center. ALYX is an automated red cell connection system that collects enough red cells to treat two patients while returning platelets and plasma to the donor. Red cells are used to treat severe anemia or bleeding caused by trauma, surgery, burns and blood disorders. Red cells are the most commonly transfused blood product.
Whole Blood Donation