Each of us carries one of four general blood categories: O, A, B or AB. Within each, blood then is labeled Rh positive or negative. The eight classifications are then commonly referred to as "blood type."
Facts by Blood Type
From a donated unit of whole blood, Indiana Blood Center processes the donation into its component parts. Donors hear that their unit can save up to three lives. Such is possible because what is transfused to a patient are the individual components derived from the whole blood, not the whole blood itself.
The transfusion of blood is essential in treating patients recovering from accident, illness or injury. For cancer patients, for instance, blood and component transfusions are part of their treatment regimen.
Blood Uses by Disease
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