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THE UNIVERSAL DONOR

O-Negative Blood Type

  • O-Negative blood group is relatively rare compared to other blood groups.​​
  • A person with O-Negative blood is a universal donor as O-Negative blood can be transfused to any blood group.
  • Only 1 in 15 (6.6% of the population) has O-Negative blood.
  • In the event of an emergency, trauma patients and accident victims are given a fighting chance at life due to         O-Negative blood transfusion.
  • O-Negative red blood cells are also the safest for newborn infants with underdeveloped immune systems as well.

Your commitment to regular and frequent blood donations is especially important to maintain sufficient supplies for your community.


It is important to remember that donors of all blood types can receive O-Negative blood, those with O-Negative blood can generally only receive O-Negative blood.  


​AB Plasma

​As an AB blood donor, you have a unique opportunity to enhance your generous “gift of life”. People with AB Negative (.6% of the population) and AB Positive (3.4%) are potential universal plasma donors.  You may not know, but there is a special need for AB Plasma.


​In addition to being the most rare blood type, AB Plasma is universal and can be used for all patients regardless of their blood type. Plasma is used to treat clotting disorders, burn, and shock victims. Your plasma donation is especially important to maintaining sufficient supplies for our community, and with regular and frequent plasma donations you’ll be helping hundreds of patients in our area. Almost anyone who is a whole blood donor can donate plasma. You are eligible if you are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health.  You can donate plasma every 28 days.


AB Platelets

Since only about 4 percent of the population has type AB blood, these donors’ platelets and plasma are in high demand.

Platelets are small blood components that help the clotting process and are part of the body’s natural defenses to control minor bleeding and defend against excessive hemorrhaging. Donated platelets must be used within five days of collection, compared to whole blood, which has a shelf life of 42 days. There is a constant need for platelets.


You can donate platelets every seven days, up to 24 times a year.  If you are an AB donor, think about adding another donation or two this year.  Blood and platelet donors are heroes!



Compatible Blood Types

O- can receive O-

A- can receive A-, O-

A+ can receive A+, A-, O-

B- can receive B-, O-

B+ can receive B+, B-, O-

AB- can receive AB-, B-, A-, O-

AB+ can receive AB+, AB-, B+, B-, A+, A-, O-


Compatible Plasma Types

O can receive O,  A, B, AB

A can receive A, AB

B can receive B, AB

AB can receive A, B




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