Diversifying the Blood Supply

Why Diversity is so Important?
It is vital that the blood supply reflect the diversity of our community to best meet the needs of hospital patients.  A diverse blood supply helps ensure that a wide variety of blood types are available for those in need.

Additionally, it is possible for a patient of one ethnicity to have a rare blood type that is more common in an ethnic group other than their own.  This increases the need for a diverse blood supply to ensure that such rare types are available for those in need.

The Universal Blood Type
Although all blood types are important, there is usually a large demand for type O blood.  Type O negative blood is universal blood type, which means a patient of any blood type can receive type O negative blood in emergency or trauma situation.

Red blood cells from type O provide the most compatibility.  Individuals of all common blood types can receive type O negative red blood cells.

Increasing blood donations from people of color is essential because blood types O and B are more prevalent in people of color than in other populations. 

Why We Need You
Genetically similar blood is best for those who need repeated or large volumes of blood transfusions for various diseases like Sickle Cell, heart and kidney disease.

Whether the donor is Black, Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, Native America or from another ethnic population – every blood donation matters!