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Date Published: February 9, 2012

Author: Karen Alton, LPN

Blood Types, Facts, and Donation

Everyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity, relies on blood to survive. As a result there is a constant need for all blood types. The available supply of blood is dependent on donations made by eligible individuals throughout the country. There is however, often a fear that is associated with the act of donating blood. Education is the best way to promote blood donation, overcome any fears about the process and help maintain the blood supply at a level that meets the current need. 

Blood Types

The ABO Blood Group System

Blood Types and Population

How is My Blood Type Determined?

Blood Facts and Statistics

Facts About Blood Needs

Facts About the Blood Supply

Facts About the Blood Donation Process

Facts About Blood and Its Components

Facts About Donors

Facts About American Red Cross Blood Services

What Happens to Donated Blood?

Step One: The Donation Process

Step Two: Processing Procedure

Step Three: Testing Process

Step Four and Five: Storage and Distribution

Blood Donation

An article written by the Mayo Clinic that defines blood donation. This article outlines the different types of blood donation and what the eligibility requirements are.

WebMD: What is Blood Donation?

This website explains what blood donation is and why it is necessary. It also discusses who can and cannot donate blood and why. Other topics covered include, what to do before donating, what happens when donating and the potential risks of donation.

Medline Plus: Blood Transfusion and Donation

This page is about both blood donations and transfusions. It discusses the need for blood transfusions and fears that people have about donating and receiving blood.

Genetic Science Learning Center

This page from the University of Utah explains blood types. It is an in-depth overview of the ABO system and what determines blood type.

The Franklin Institute: Blood

An explanation of Rh Factors and how they were discovered. This provides an explanation of what makes someone Rh positive or negative and how it is connected to blood type.