MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8418 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3430 times:
I'm confused, that link says that type AB is the universal donor. I thought O- was the universal donor because the red blood cells don't have the um...receptor things on them. And then AB+ (which is my blood type) can take any blood type, because it has the A identifier, B identifier, and O doesn't have an identifier.
Type O negative is the universal donor and can give blood to any other blood type. 8% of the U.S. population has blood type O negative.
AB positive is the universal recipient and can receive blood from any other blood type. 2.5% of the U.S. population has blood type AB positive.
As to the distance blood can "squirt" the personal best that I have been a target of is about 6' or 2 meters during a severed radial artery repair (just a reminder, do not put your arm through a broken window)
While the best shot of activated charcoal during an over dose treatment was about 9' or 2.9 meters to our treatment room ceiling. Don't even ask me about retrieving foreign items from certain bodily cavities
the still a ER tech for hopefully only a couple more days,
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FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 15 Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3398 times:
The average person has about 8 pints of blood in his/her body. I donate blood 3-4 times a year because I have a rare blood type (AB+). A pint of blood is also call a "unit" in the US medical field. So if you choose to donate, they can't take more than a pint (unit). Your body usually replace the taken blood within 48 hours. And you shouldn't donate again until 6-8 weeks later. When I say 8 pints for the average person, I mean an average-sized adult. Some bigger & petite adults will have more or less in their system. Children are different obviously. Also it's 2 pints to a quart, and 4 quarts to a gallon, in US liquid measurements. Regards.
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JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 13 Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3388 times:
My dad was O- and the Red Cross used to hunt him down. heh heh. When he was in the Marines, he donated far too frequently than recommened. He had all sort of 'gallon' pins from them. Ironically, later in his life, he needed two transfusions from internal bleeding.
I have a boring B+ blood type. I used to donate all the time, but last time they rejected me because of hypertension.
MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8418 posts, RR: 13 Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3387 times:
First time I ever donated, the Red Cross made it difficult. We had just been on a mission trip to Mexico earlier that year, and we were out in the the sticks...which means none of the places we went to were in their book of Mexican cities (the ones that are safe, like Moneterrey, and the ones that aren't, like Mexico City). Passed that hurdle, then the nurse took my blood pressure. 160/108! Way, way off. I'm not hugely muscled or anything, but I have a good sized arm, and the cuff was a little small for me. She retook it with a different cuff and it was 120/80, which is normal for me. And we quickly cleared up the Hepatitis A vaccine that I'd had more than 6 weeks prior was not a problem. So finaly I got to give for the first time, and it went fine. That was at school during my senior year.
I gave again this year, in the Transylvania Bowl. It's a competition that Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Southern Miss have with each other. We haven't won it in about 5 years, however, because MSU laws only allow donor services to take blood on campus 1 day a month. The competition goes for 3 days, and they're on campus all the time at Ole Miss. Not so at State. I learned that time that it's stupid to forget to eat breakfast before you go give, though. That one really took the wind out of me.
And IHadaPheo, maybe the 30 feet figure wasn't for going straight up against gravity? Nine feet is still dang impressive, however.