Did you know that only about 3% of age-eligible people donate blood yearly? This makes it a struggle to always meet demand.
Learn more about different blood components and consider donating blood to help meet patient needs!
Important Blood Characteristics:
- There are four major blood groups – A, B, AB and O
- Blood types are genetically passed down from your parents
- Having Type O blood makes you a universal donor, however you can only receive Type O blood. Having Type AB means you’re a universal recipient, but can only donate your to others with Type AB blood
- Around 45% of people in the U.S. have Group O (positive or negative) blood. Type O negative red cells are able to be given to patients of all blood types. However, only 7% of people in the U.S. are O-negative.
- Type AB plasma can be transfused to all blood types, but only 4% of those in the U.S. have this type.
- Red blood cells must be used within 42 days. Platelets must be used within 5 days.
Start prepping to be eligible to donate today, and sign up for our next scheduled blood drive in July!
SURGERY CENTER OF CEDAR RAPIDS DONOR BUS
1075 1st Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
July 11, 2023