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Donating Blood Based in Miami, Florida

The United States Blood Bank offers an easy way for you do your part and perhaps even save multiple lives. Based in Miami, Florida, we provide free information about donating blood and the different blood types that people are born with. We hope that this information will motivate you to donate to our blood bank, encourage others to do the same, and even host your own blood drive.
Volunteer, Blood Types in Miami, FL

Donation Eligibility
Specially trained technical staff members are available at each blood collection center, and the details of each donor's health and activities are discussed in a confidential setting prior to blood donation. To ensure the safety of blood donation for both donors and recipients, all volunteer blood donors must be evaluated to determine their eligibility to give blood. The final determination of eligibility is made at the time of donation

Blood Types
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. There are four major blood groups determined by the presence or absence of two antigens, A and B. These include:

• Group A — has only the A antigen on red cells (and B antibody in the plasma)
• Group B — has only the B antigen on red cells (and A antibody in the plasma)
• Group AB — has both A and B antigens on red cells (but neither A nor B antibody in the plasma)
• Group O — has neither A nor B antigens on red cells (but both A and B antibody are in the plasma)

Contact us today for more information to determine if you are eligible to donate blood.