O- Blood Type

  • Only 9% of the population is O-.
  • O- is the universal donor. Anyone can receive O- blood, which means O- whole blood can be transfused to all blood types!
  • O- patients can only receive O- transfusions.
  • Type O is routinely in short supply and in high demand by hospitals.
  • O- blood is often transfused in trauma situations when doctors don’t have time to check a patient’s blood type.
  • O- blood is the universal blood type needed for immune deficient infants.
  • Because of the huge number of people who can receive O- blood, these donors are excellent double red cell donors.
  • People with type O blood are generally protected against severe malaria.
O negative blood type