Doctor asks people with O negative blood to donate it | Mexico news

Do you know what blood type you have? Very few know that answer, which should be taken into consideration, because you could be one of the few people in the country who have bleed O negative.

According to Dr. Aurora Lee, director of the State Center for Blood Transfusion, only 3 percent of the Mexican population has this type of blood and there are very few who altruistically donate their liquid tissue in case someone else needs it. .

“Normally it is a blood that we struggle to obtain, the O-Negative donors are very few, as are the patients, but in a situation of chance where several patients in our hospitals who require this blood come together, well, if we leave to see more worried to get this type of blood”, he assured.

Historically, the blood bank The state has had a low reserve of this type of blood, so when there is a high demand for it, they intensify donation campaigns, but doctors also analyze whether it is feasible to transfuse another type.

“When there are situations where patients require many units, such as in a transplant, or perhaps in heart surgery, up to 10 units of blood are used, so if it is complicated, it has always been. There the doctors are the ones who can decide at a given moment if another type of compatible blood can be transfused,” he added.

The reason few people have this blood type is simply because hereditary issue.

In New Lionthere is a club of donors of this type, which waits with open doors for those who have this same blood to make altruistic donations and in cases of emergency.

“Hopefully and people who are of type O-Negative blood decide to donate to have a sufficient supply and that they could donate twice a year on a fixed basis so as not to be unprotected,” he pleaded.

To detect what type of blood you have, you can take a blood test in a laboratory or donate blood altruistically and request information about your type.

While, to donate blood, it is required to be healthy, not have had recent surgeries, or symptoms of respiratory or diarrheal infection, not have applied tattoos in the last 12 months and wait two weeks after being discharged due to contagion of covid-19.