AB donors are seldom called to donate because only 3% of the population has that blood type. But that is changing in April 2014, when we begin collecting plasma only from qualified AB donors to meet the huge need for this blood product.
Because AB plasma is universally accepted by patients of all blood types, it is often the only type doctors order for fragile newborns. It is also in high demand for our military, and in trauma situations so dire that blood typing is impossible before blood products must be transfused to save lives.
Only volunteer donors can provide plasma for direct transfusion to patients, and Houchin is the only provider of transfusable plasma in Kern County.
This cutting edge program can only be a success with the support of our AB donors, who now have a new reason to give and help even more patients with their life saving gift. Plasma-only donations take significantly less time than a platelet donation, but somewhat longer than a whole blood donation. Since the plasma removed is replaced 100% with saline, there is no significant fluid loss or reactions that may occur with whole blood and platelet donation. Plasma only donors can give as much as 5 units of plasma in just one visit as often as every 28 days. Better yet, AB plasma can be frozen for up to a year to be ever-ready to assist patients.
We will be calling AB donors who are likely to be able to save more lives through this new technology. Or, don’t wait! Give us a call if you are an AB donor who would like to maximize your ability to help others through this new program. Just dial 323-4222 and ask for the TRIMA desk.