A 36-year-old member asked:
What blood types are most desired for plasma donation?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Kurzweilanswered
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
All ok: If only the plasma is being transfused from a donor to a recipient, and absolutely no red blood cells, then blood type is not significant. Blood types only refer to the red blood cells; the bone marrow also produces platelets and white blood cells. The serum or plasma is the clear yellow fluid part of the blood.
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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguezanswered
Pathology 25 years experience
All are good: All plasma types are needed for transfusion in different situations. The universal plasma is ab because it does not have anti-a or anti-b and can be transfused to all blood types a, b, ab and o. It is important to know the ABO type of the patient to transfuse the right plasma and avoid hemolysis in patient's blood. Knowing rh type is not necessary for plasma transfusion unless it contains red cells.
5.4k viewsReviewed Jun 17, 2021
A 41-year-old member asked:
Which blood types are best for plasma donation?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Alvesanswered
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
ALL of them: It takes all types to be able to provide for all patients. Plasma donation is the most "fun" since you get to watch the pheresis machine work as most of the tubing is external (platelet pheresis setups are often more internal, but not always). Have fun watching the process of saving a life!
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Last updated Jun 17, 2021
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