MEDICAL CORNER .. confused about “blood types”? This may help ….
~~April 15, 2014~~
BY POPULAR DEMAND: A handy blood type chart for you.
Although all blood is made of the same basic elements, not all blood is alike. In fact, there are eight different common blood types, which are determined by the presence or absence of certain antigens – substances that can trigger an immune response if they are foreign to the body. Since some antigens can trigger a patient’s immune system to attack the transfused blood, safe blood transfusions depend on careful blood typing and cross-matching.
THIS IS WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT BLOOD TYPES BE DETERMINED PRIOR TO BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS. TYPES HAVE TO BE COMPATIBLE TO PREVENT A NEGATIVE REACTION WHICH COULD ULTIMATELY END IN DEATH
There are four major blood groups determined by the presence or absence of two antigens – A and B – on the surface of red blood cells:
- Group A – has…
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