Blood is divided into four types, namely: A, B, AB, and O. Each letter refers to a kind of antigen or protein, on the surface of red blood cells.It is imperative to know your exact blood type in the event a blood transfusion is necessary. During a blood transfusion, a patient must receive a blood type that is compatible with his or her own.
If the blood types are not compatible, it causes the red blood cells in the body to clump together, creating clots that can cause blockages. Did you know? Blood type is inherited, just like eye color. Here are the different types of blood groups and who they can donate to.
|Blood type||Who can receive this type?|
|O+||O+, A+, B+, AB+|
|O-||All blood types|
|A-||A+, A-, AB+, AB-|
|B-||B+, B-, AB+, AB-|
People with Type O negative blood are universal donors because they can donate to people of any blood type. People with Type AB+ blood the universal recipients because people with that type can receive any blood type.
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