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Know your blood group? It could save your life!

By Vivian Cativo, Nurse Manager Ontario location

You should know your blood group like you know your phone number! You should be able to give it to medical personnel immediately when there is an emergency or accident, or if you need a transfusion or surgery.

There are different blood groups O+, A+, B+, AB+, O-, A-, B- and AB-.

The most common is O+ and then A+. If you have either of these blood types, you are much more likely than people who have the other blood types to be able to get blood0 when you need it.

Remember that not all blood types are compatible and that using an incompatible type can cause problems during a transfusion.

Blood type incompatibility can also be a problem when a couple wants to have a baby.

So how can you find out what your blood group is? Ask your doctor; he/she may already have that information. If not, ask the doctor to write an order/authorization for a blood test and take it to the lab, where the technician will take your blood sample.

When you get your results, memorize your blood group! It’s also a good idea to write it down on a piece of paper to keep in your wallet.

Encourage every member of your family to find out what their blood group is. It could save their life!

I’d also like to encourage you to help to save someone else’s life by donating blood.

Did you know that in the US 40,000 people give blood every day? But blood banks still don’t have enough of this precious resource, which can’t be artificially manufactured outside the human body. You can help! A great resource to help you locate your nearest blood bank is http://www.americasblood.org

Call the blood bank today to find out how you can give the gift of life!

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