Over the past three weeks, the Blood Center has been forced to cancel dozens of blood drives (68, and counting) leading to a loss of more than 2200 donations due to record cold tempatures, snow, and ice.
If you are able to safely travel to donate blood this week, please do. To find a donation location near you, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use the Blood Center’s IMPACT mobile app.
With another winter storm on the way to portions of our service region, we will continue to provide information on the impact of winter weather at www.bloodcenter.org/weather.
Type AB- is the rarest of all the blood types with only 1% of the population sharing this blood type. AB- donors are the universal plasma and platelet donor because these components can be transfused to any patient. AB- donors are encouraged to donate platelets or plasma. Ask a blood center representative which donation method is preferred to help meet hospital need. In the case of an emergency, doctors often do not have time to determine the blood type of the patient and will depend on type A and AB plasma for trauma patients and accident victims.
Click here to download the AB Negative Blood Type Informational Rack Card.
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