A blood donation can be the difference between life and death.
It’s not enough to just give blood and expect to be there for a loved one, but it’s crucial to get the blood out of the body before they go.
Here are 10 tips for helping your loved one get the most out of their blood donation.
Know the Blood Types of the People You Are Giving Blood forBlood types can vary from person to person.
This is why it’s important to understand the blood type and to be able to give blood according to the blood types listed on your blood bank’s forms.
To learn more about blood type differences, visit our blood type information page.
Know Your Blood Type What’s your blood type?
Is it O, AB, AB+ or AB?
What are the different blood types?
Are there other blood types in your blood?
Are you allergic to blood?
Find Your Blood Types What blood types are in your body?
How are you different from other people?
If you don’t have blood type B, is there a blood type C?
Find Out Your Blood Donation Types How many blood types do you have?
What type of blood are you giving?
Are they the same type as the blood donor?
Know When to Give Your Blood Blood types can change as the body changes and develops.
You should have a blood donation scheduled for your birthday, according to your blood donor’s birthday.
For blood type AB donors, the birthday is November 28.
For AB+ donors, it’s January 16.
For BB+ donors and O+ donors it’s February 14.
The birthday for blood type A donors is April 17.
Know About Blood Donation and Blood Transfusions How does blood clot?
Blood clots form when blood flows into your veins or when the clotting process begins.
When blood is being donated, blood vessels expand and the blood vessels inside the vessels expand, creating blood clots.
If blood is used in an emergency, a clot may form inside the blood vessel, which may be fatal.
Get Your Blood and Donate It You need to donate blood for a variety of reasons, such as: to fight infection, treat bleeding and prevent a blood clot.
If you need blood for another purpose, such to prevent blood clotting in a wound, get a blood donor card and get an appointment with your blood provider.
Learn More About Blood Transplanting If you have any questions about blood donation, you can contact the National Blood Center, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (800) 955-8181.
Make an Appointment with Your Blood Center You can contact your local blood center to schedule an appointment for blood donation or a blood transfusion.
They will give you more information about blood transfusions, and you can also request an appointment online.
Your blood center will give an information sheet on blood donation and can help you find the nearest blood center for your area.
Find your local Blood Center at www.nationalbloodcenter.org or www.bloodsavesouth.org.
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