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What is so wonderful about blood
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PLASMA

PLASMA

Plasma transfusion helps hundreds of patients with liver disease, severe burns, hemophilia, and leukemia. Transplant and cardiac patients are also helped by plasma transfusions. Plasma provides essential clotting factors to these patients.

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BLOOD FACT

BLOOD FACT

A liver transplant patient, on average, will need six to 10 units of red blood cells, 20 units of plasma and 10 units of platelets.

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BLOOD FACT

BLOOD FACT

A newborn open-heart surgery, on average, will need one to four units of red blood cells, one to two units of plasma, and one to four units of platelets.

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DO YOU KNOW ?

DO YOU KNOW ?

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Blood type

Blood type

Not everyone has the same blood type!

Blood type refers to features of the person’s red blood cells.

There are hundreds of these different features.

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BLOOD TYPE

BLOOD TYPE

The ABO blood groups are the features most people know about.

In this group, there are 4 different types of red blood cells -- A, B, AB, and O.

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BLOOD TYPE

BLOOD TYPE

About half of us are blood group O

The next most common is blood group A.

Few people have type B, and even fewer have type AB.

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BLOOD TYPE

BLOOD TYPE

Th Rh blood groups are the next most familiar types.

People whose red cells have a particular feature called the “ D antigen” are Rh positive. People who lack the factor are Rh negative.

Most people are Rh positive.

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DO YOU KNOW ?

DO YOU KNOW ?

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BLOOD TYPE

BLOOD TYPE

Type O blood may be transfused into patients of any blood type.

Rh negative blood may be transfused into patients of either Rh type.

So O negative is a very special blood type in a blood donor.

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DO YOU KNOW ?

DO YOU KNOW ?

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BLOOD FACT

BLOOD FACT

About half of Americans can safely be blood donors.

But only about 5 percent actually donate blood.

The other 95% are relying on these donors if they ever need a transfusion.

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