Your blood donation can help save lives. To meet the needs of patients throughout our state, BloodCenter of Wisconsin must see more than 800 donors a day.
Giving blood is a quick and enriching way to give back to your community. You will feel great knowing that you’ve helped give patients hope for better health. If you have additional questions about blood donation, please check our Blood Donation FAQs.
By donating blood, you can help families who have been in accidents or experienced trauma, mothers experiencing labor complications, fathers having heart surgery, children undergoing chemotherapy treatments, premature babies trying to breathe with tiny lungs, or grandparents suffering from severe anemia. If you would like to know more about what your gift of donation can do, read some of our inspiring recipient stories.
No matter which blood type you have, your blood is critically important and helps save lives. Your blood type falls into one of eight blood types. Do you know which type you have? There are four main blood types among donors: O, A, B and AB. There are also 2 Rh factors: positive and negative. AB positive is the universal recipient, while O negative is the universal donor. About 8% of the population has O negative blood. If you have this universal blood type (O negative), you can save 100% of the population because your blood can save a person who has ANY blood type.
If you receive a letter from BloodCenter of Wisconsin asking you to register with the American Rare Donor Program (ARDP) after you’ve donated, you have been identified as a rare donor. Because some blood types are so rare, your donation may be someone’s only hope for survival. When patients with rare blood types need blood to help treat life-threatening illnesses or conditions, you could be the perfect match, and those patients especially depend on donors like you.
Some rare blood types occur in only one of every 5,000 people. Other rare blood types occur in specific populations. For example, sickle cell disease occurs more commonly in African Americans than in most other populations, and those patients typically receive transfusions as part of their treatment. This means there is a specific need for African-American donors to help treat these patients, especially those who have a rare blood type. Donors of varied ethnicities
are especially helpful in donating blood as well as marrow.
Here are examples of types of medical procedures, conditions or treatments that may require blood.
- Liver transplant
- Kidney transplant
- Heart transplant
- Adult open-heart surgery
- Newborn open-heart surgery
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Bone marrow transplant
- Automobile accident
- Sickle cell disease
- Premature newborn