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When I first started this blog, I had a calendar that listed random information.  I would compile it for each month based on what it said.  I used to post them as well something I called trifecta.  While I’m not going back to word, picture, and video posting on a weekly basis, you might find it spattered here and there.  I’m basically creating a page for random information and whatever else that doesn’t fit into other categories.  Enjoy learning something new and/or re-acquainting yourself with information you already know.   If you’re anything like me, you also enjoy learning and reading new things whether through reading books, browsing the internet, and watching informative shows.

Because I think knowing your blood type is important, here are the eight major blood types and what other blood types they are compatible with and not so much.  Get to know your blood and type.

4typesThere are four major blood types based on the absence or presence of antigens.  The two antigens are A and B.  The eight most common blood types are A+, A-, B+, B-, O+, O-, AB+, and AB-.  The universal red cell donor is type O- blood and the universal plasma donor is type AB blood.  While worldwide there is no standard rarest blood type, in the U.S. it is the AB- blood group and O+ being the most common.

Blood type O has neither A or B antigens on red cells.  There are A and B antibodies in the plasma. 

Blood type A has A antigen on red cells.  There is B antibody in the plasma. 

Blood type B has B antigen on red cells.  There is A antibody in the plasma. 

Blood type AB has both A and B antigens on red cells.  There aren’t A and B antibodies in the plasma.

redbloodcellsSo what recipient gets what blood type and what about the donor?  The only blood type that can donate to all eight blood types is O- while the only blood type to be the recipient of all eight blood types is AB+.  The eight blood types and combinations are listed below.

 

O- blood can be donated to A+, A-, B+, B-, O+, O-, AB+, and AB- but can only receive blood from O- blood.

O+ blood can be donated to O+, A+, B+, and AB+ but can receive blood from O- and O+ blood.

A- blood can be donated to A+, A-, AB+, and AB- but can receive blood from A- and O-.

A+ blood can be donated to A+ and AB+ but can receive blood from A+, A-, O+, and O- blood.

B- blood can be donated to B+, B-, AB+, and AB- but can receive blood from B- and O- blood.

B+ blood can be donated to B+ and AB+- but can receive blood from B+, B-, O+, and O- blood.

AB- blood can be donated to AB+ and AB- but can receive blood from AB-, A-, B-, and O- blood.

AB+ blood can only be donated to AB+ but can receive blood from A+, A-, B+, B-, O+, O-, AB+, and AB- blood.

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