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Donate Blood

There is no substitute for blood. It can only come from one place; a volunteer blood donor. Inova Blood Donor Services must collect more than 250 units of blood and blood products daily to meet the needs of patients in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC.

       Percent of the US Population by Type
           

    About Your Blood Type

O+
   The most common blood type and the most in
demand. Please donate whole blood or an
automated red cell donation.

O-
You are the universal red blood cell donor; all
patients can receive your red cells. Please donate
whole blood or an automated red cell donation.

A+

There is normally a tremendous demand for A
positive platelets. Please donate whole blood or
 donate platelets using automated blood collection
(ABC) technology.

A-

You are considered a rare blood type. Please donate
whole blood or an automated red cell donation.

B+

You will best help patients with the same blood
type by making a whole blood donation or donating
platelets or plasma using automated blood collection
(ABC) technology.

B-

You are a very rare blood type. Please make a whole
blood or automated red cell donation.

AB+

You are the universal plasma donor. Patients can benefit
greatly from your whole blood or automated plasma donation.

AB-

You are the rarest blood type. All patients can receive
your plasma. Please make an automated plasma or
red cell donation.