Glossary

A List of Commonly Used Terms in Blood Banking

Universal Recipient

Like universal donor, this term is not completely accurate. It refers to someone of the AB positive blood type, who can receive blood from any ABO type (A, B, AB, or O) and any Rh type (Rh-positive or -negative). These people comprise less than 4% of the population. However, the same caveat applies to this designation as to O negative “universal donors”: They are only universal recipients if they have no additional blood group antibodies. NOTE: AB blood donors are very important, too, as their plasma can be given to essentially any recipient (since it lacks ABO blood group antibodies). So, these donors could be considered “universal recipients” and “universal plasma donors.”

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