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Calling Blood Type AB Donors
American Red Cross, New York-Penn Blood Services ^ | New York-Penn Blood Services

Posted on 07/20/2007 12:34:13 PM PDT by Winged Hussar

Calling Blood Type AB Donors

We have received an urgent request from the United States Department of Defense for type AB plasma. We will be shipping them 100 units a week thru mid-August. We ask for your help at this time. As a blood type AB donor, the plasma in your body is universal – it can go to anyone of any blood type. Who uses plasma? Burn patients, trauma patients, even our troops wounded in battle. Type AB is also rare. Only 4% of the population is type AB, so you can imagine how in-demand your plasma must be. You can give just your AB plasma through a special type of blood donation called apheresis. Donations can be made at a local American Red Cross donation center near you. One donation can give enough for up to four patient doses. You would have to donate whole blood up to four times to equal the same number of patient doses as one apheresis plasma donation.

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KEYWORDS: armed; blood; forces; plasma
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This is for the men and women in uniform who are protecting our freedom.

Please spread the word.

1 posted on 07/20/2007 12:34:15 PM PDT by Winged Hussar
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To: Winged Hussar

Damn it, I hate giving blood, but I am AB.

Oh well, I’ll get drunk off of just a little wine tonight.


2 posted on 07/20/2007 12:39:04 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: Winged Hussar

Unfortunately, I’m Type A. :(


3 posted on 07/20/2007 12:42:53 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Winged Hussar

Your title is a little off.

Blood and plasma are slightly different, plasma is the liquid component of blood and AB is the universal donor when it comes to plasma.

With blood O- is the universal donor and AB is the universal recipient.


4 posted on 07/20/2007 12:43:00 PM PDT by gjones77
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To: MeanWestTexan
Damn it, I hate giving blood, but I am AB

Yeah, I'm AB negative and hate giving blood, but do so 3-4 times a year. I figure I'll need it one day and need the karma points.

5 posted on 07/20/2007 12:43:46 PM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: MeanWestTexan
Get going! I just called - I'm an O-Neg "Universal donor" and donate regularly every 60 days or so but ONLY AB plasma is good for universal plasma use. Thanks in advance. ;-)
Bump!
6 posted on 07/20/2007 12:47:51 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here. ;-)
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To: Smedley

I’m AB- also. Can they use mine?


7 posted on 07/20/2007 12:50:30 PM PDT by surrey
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To: Winged Hussar

I am A-, but have never been able to donate. (not sure why - once was because I had or was having surgery in the next 12 months.)


8 posted on 07/20/2007 12:50:44 PM PDT by mathluv (Never Forget!)
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To: surrey
I’m AB- also. Can they use mine?

What's the alcohol content?

9 posted on 07/20/2007 12:52:49 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: gjones77

My whole famnily are O-, Red Cross calls us all the time.


10 posted on 07/20/2007 12:52:55 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: Winged Hussar
Is the Red Cross going to sell the blood to the government?

Don’t be fooled into thinking the Disaster Relief folks are the same as the Blood Business.

The blood business cynically uses disaster images to push their business.

I would not mind donating if the Red Cross was not involved.

11 posted on 07/20/2007 12:53:53 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: Winged Hussar; SandRat; patriciaruth

Ping


12 posted on 07/20/2007 12:54:09 PM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: Smedley

I’m AB- too, guess I will be donating this weekend.


13 posted on 07/20/2007 12:54:24 PM PDT by RikaStrom (The number one rule of the Kama Sutra is that you both be on the same page.../Exeter 051705)
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To: Winged Hussar
Some AB Blood Type Stats:

AB+
4% of patients can receive your red blood cells.
All patients can receive your platelets.
All patients can receive your plasma.

AB-
All patients can receive your Platelets.
5% of patients can receive your red blood cells.
All patients can receive your plasma.


14 posted on 07/20/2007 12:57:23 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: Winged Hussar

I used to donate all the time but the Red Cross doesn’t want my blood any more. I lived in Germany for 6 months in 1987 and that makes my blood a risk for mad cow. I have barked at the moon a few times, but that doesn’t mean I’m mad or a cow.


15 posted on 07/20/2007 1:01:20 PM PDT by GBA (God Bless America!)
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To: MeanWestTexan

“I hate giving blood, but I am AB.”

I’m AB+ and hate giving it too, as it takes a LONG time for them to get a pint out of me.


16 posted on 07/20/2007 1:01:47 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: Winged Hussar
I'm AB+, but, frankly, have issues with the Red Cross. Are they going to sell what I might donate?
17 posted on 07/20/2007 1:02:39 PM PDT by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: Winged Hussar

AB+ here, also. I don’t qualify to donate to apheresis, but can give whole blood, and it’s time. My son and I will go on Monday (blood bank is closed Thurs-Sun).


18 posted on 07/20/2007 1:05:24 PM PDT by redhead (Victory first; then peace)
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To: Man50D

Thanks for the info.


19 posted on 07/20/2007 1:07:39 PM PDT by surrey
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To: MeanWestTexan

I am AB negative, if they will ensure that my plasma is only used for our military personnel I might bite.


20 posted on 07/20/2007 1:08:45 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Winged Hussar
What the hell did something change?... AB is not the unversal donors...O is

An AB+ can receive from anyone, an O- can give to anyone

21 posted on 07/20/2007 1:09:23 PM PDT by tophat9000 (My 2008 grassroots Republican platform: Build the fence, enforce the laws, and win the damm WAR!)
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To: Smedley

I’d go with a classmate to donate in college. When were comparing cards, and yadda, yadda, yadda, he was one of about a half dozen people in the state with some particular antigens. They would freeze his blood.


22 posted on 07/20/2007 1:09:42 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Mark was here

Yes, I noticed this...

“Burn patients, trauma patients, even our troops wounded in battle.”

It almost sounds like they’re last in line.


23 posted on 07/20/2007 1:11:26 PM PDT by toldyou
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To: AnnaZ

I’m AB- and I often heard that Red Cross makes big bucks off of donated blood/plasma. I have yet to investigate this.


24 posted on 07/20/2007 1:11:58 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: GBA

“I have barked at the moon a few times, but that doesn’t mean I’m mad or a cow.”

Wolf?


25 posted on 07/20/2007 1:13:05 PM PDT by toldyou
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To: tophat9000

O universal for blood donor, ab universal plasma donor


26 posted on 07/20/2007 1:14:57 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Winged Hussar

My recollection is that Plasma Donors are a special category at the Red Cross, requiring a special screening process and an extra long visit. It takes special dedication to be a plasma donor. Not sure if there are any guarantees that DoD will ever see your plasma in any case, since Red Cross sells to many buyers. Might be worth checking on.

You may want to call before to find out about being a plasma donor.

Wish I could “assign” my blood to DoD, but I doubt I can.


27 posted on 07/20/2007 1:29:18 PM PDT by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: Wiseghy

I am AB and wouldn’t mind helping out, but I refuse to donate anything to the Red Cross. As even you indicated, it’s likely what I do won’t go to the cause for which I donated...exactly why I will never do anything with the Red Cross.

Do you (or anyone) know if some other entity exists besides the Red Cross for this purpose?


28 posted on 07/20/2007 1:33:47 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: GBA
I have barked at the moon a few times, but that doesn’t mean I’m mad or a cow.

OTOH, if you mooed at the moon...

29 posted on 07/20/2007 1:37:46 PM PDT by null and void (We are a Nation of Laws... IGNORED Laws...)
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To: Calvin Locke

I am O+ but also CMV-, which means that my blood is clean enough to give to premature babies. Maybe that is what your friend had as well. I was told that only something like 3%-4% of the people are CMV-.


30 posted on 07/20/2007 1:45:35 PM PDT by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision)
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To: GBA
I used to donate all the time but the Red Cross doesn’t want my blood any more. I lived in Germany for 6 months in 1987 and that makes my blood a risk for mad cow. I have barked at the moon a few times, but that doesn’t mean I’m mad or a cow.

LOL - have you MOOOOO-ed at the moon, though?

I'm B+ and used to donate regularly. I also used to get phone calls when supplies were low.

I don't think they'll want my blood anymore, considering where I am now. ;-)

31 posted on 07/20/2007 1:51:22 PM PDT by Allegra (28)
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To: Smedley
I’m B negative and donate 4 times a year. Its definitely good for body and soul.
32 posted on 07/20/2007 1:54:50 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: null and void

I read that as MOONED at the moon....
:)
susie


33 posted on 07/20/2007 1:56:23 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: misharu

CMV-? Is that cytomeglovirus (or whatever it’s called) negative?
susie


34 posted on 07/20/2007 1:57:07 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: brytlea

That wouldn’t make you mad, just cold...


35 posted on 07/20/2007 1:57:40 PM PDT by null and void (We are a Nation of Laws... IGNORED Laws...)
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To: Allegra

I had no idea you were there! Wow, I’m in awe, thank you!
susie


36 posted on 07/20/2007 1:58:14 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I read about a disease fairly common in people of european descent that causes a buildup of iron in the body. Giving blood is the *cure* and I think they recommend they give once per month. Something like that.
susie


37 posted on 07/20/2007 1:59:33 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: null and void

And possibly get you arrested, or at least laughed at.
susie


38 posted on 07/20/2007 2:00:33 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: brytlea

I’m AB+ and this is the first time I’ve heard that anyone can use any of my blood products except fellow AB travelers.

It probably still doesn’t matter since they disqualify you for donating if you’ve been to a “malaria area” in the past year. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t see a single mosquito. You’re treated as if you have AIDS.

I have not been able to donate for years.


39 posted on 07/20/2007 2:05:05 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Winged Hussar
REFUSE TO DONATE TO LIBERALS! ...or muslims... Let the b***ards die.

Otherwise, I give freely.

40 posted on 07/20/2007 2:06:22 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: kalee
"My whole famnily are O-, Red Cross calls us all the time."

The people with the highest concentration of O-type blood live behind Offa'sDyke.

For you to have O-type blood, both your mother and father must have O-type. If one has O and One has A, you will always be an A.

41 posted on 07/20/2007 2:09:20 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: brytlea

Laughed at happens frequently...


42 posted on 07/20/2007 2:11:23 PM PDT by null and void (We are a Nation of Laws... IGNORED Laws...)
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To: Dog Gone

Yeah the AB plasma info was news to me. I’m B tho, so it doesn’t include me. Last time I gave blood I passed out. The worst thing about it was I was at work (high school teacher) so it was really embarrassing!
susie


43 posted on 07/20/2007 2:17:38 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: brytlea

It’s OK, I don’t like needles either.


44 posted on 07/20/2007 2:25:18 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: Winged Hussar

Stationed in Berlin in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s they won’t let me donate blood.

Sort of ironic, isn’t it?


45 posted on 07/20/2007 2:47:23 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (No buy China!!)
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To: Abigail Adams; AIC; airborne; AirForceBrat23; Alamo-Girl; ALOHA RONNIE; angelsonmyside; AnnaZ; ...

Good cause Ping.

If you know anyone who is AB blood type, please encourage them to be a regular plasma donor and save lives.

The rest of us have anti-A and/or anti-B antibodies in our blood plasma, and can’t do this service.

Plasma is the fluid part of blood minus the red blood cells, so you don’t get anemic or weak after donating.


46 posted on 07/20/2007 2:48:15 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: tophat9000

See post 46.


47 posted on 07/20/2007 2:51:08 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: nicmarlo

If you needed blood you wouldn’t care that it came from the Red Cross.

Good grief!!

Help out your fellow man, you’ll feel good about yourself.


48 posted on 07/20/2007 2:51:18 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush in 2008; mark my words.)
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To: gjones77

Re:

Blood and plasma are slightly different, plasma is the liquid component of blood and AB is the universal donor when it comes to plasma.

With blood O- is the universal donor and AB is the universal recipient.


The above is entirely correct. I am used to donating whole (AB) blood, which can help only about 4% of the population, but of course it frees up an O, A, or B unit for someone else. With plasma, it’s the other way around.


49 posted on 07/20/2007 2:51:39 PM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: Winged Hussar

how much does blood cost these days? Last time I donated was for a friend’s friend having a surgery...and I gave at the hospital. I always wondered what the charge is for blood needed during surgery.


50 posted on 07/20/2007 2:55:49 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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