Under normal circumstances, every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions are used for trauma victims - due to accidents and burns - heart surgery, organ transplant, women with complications during delivery of the baby, newborns and premature babies, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia etc.
Anyone above 18 years weighing more than 50 kgs (110 lbs) can donate blood.
Before you finalize any of the donors, run each donor through "the vital 10" checklist.
Please be courteous to donors who are unable to donate.
Please do not force or convince a donor if he/she is not in a position to donate.
All blood types are needed. Common blood types are needed because there are many patients with them. Less common blood types are needed because there are fewer donors to give them. However, people with O- blood are particularly in demand because they are the "universal donor." It means that people of all blood types can receive O- blood safely, so it is used during life-threatening emergencies or when the matching blood type is in short supply. AB types are universal recipients. This relationship is reversed for plasma products. AB type plasma can be transfused to all patients, while O- types are the universal plasma recipients. Therefore, all types are really needed!
Red blood cell compatibilty table
Why should we donate our blood to someone in need.