What greater gift is there than the gift of life?
That’s exactly what every blood donation delivers. Blood and blood products are a critical part of everyday medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing disease.
The Facts About Whole Blood
What’s Your Blood Type?
Your blood type determines who you can donate to, or receive blood from. People with type O negative (O-) are considered universal donors, as they can donate red blood cells to all other blood type recipients. That’s why it’s always in high demand — it’s used in emergency situations when there is no time to test a patient’s blood type.
People with type AB positive (AB+) are considered universal recipients for red blood cells as they can receive them from any other blood type donor.
The most common blood type in Canada is O positive (O+), about 39 per cent of the population has it, which is why we have the greatest need for type O blood.
The least common type is AB negative (AB-), the blood type of less than one per cent of the population.
Who Can You Give Blood To?
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When donating blood, the standard donation is approximately 450 mL, slightly less than half a litre or two cups. This represents a small portion of the blood in a person’s body, as the average adult has about 5 litres.