There are factors in blood that impact patients beyond matching ABO blood type. It takes very special donors to be a match for some patients. NICU babies, children, pregnant women, patients fighting cancer with weakened immunity and people undergoing organ transplants are some of the patient’s needing special blood products. The blood center has a laboratory that can screen the blood of patients and donors to locate extraordinary blood donors for a rare patient need.
Answer the call to save lives, literally. When hospitals request specific antigen-matched or CMV negative blood, they need it immediately to help save lives. If your blood is identified as a patient match, we will call you to donate blood as soon as possible. It is important that you answer the call, as the window to help these patients is often a matter of hours and few donors are a match.
What is an antigen?
An antigen is a protein or marker found on blood cells, and everyone has different combinations of them.
What is antigen matching?
Every day our Reference Lab works with hospitals and physicians to match our blood donors with patients who have the same mix of antigens in their blood.
How do I know if I have a rare blood type?
ABO blood types are one way to define “rare blood,” with different percentages making up the population (include/link to ABO population breakdown). Antigen testing is even more focused on identifying other factors in the blood.
What can I do to help?
Answer your phone when we call, because it could mean you are the match needed to help save someone’s life.