Blood Type

Discussion in 'Health & Medicine' started by Spearhead, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. Spearhead

    Spearhead Member

    I think those bracelets with your blood type and such engraved on them is a great idea, although I'd rather not spend the money on a silver bracelet. How else could I have this information on me at all times in case of an emergency?
    Maybe I'll get it tattooed somewhere on me.....J/K!

    Any thoughts/ideas on this?
  2. CVORNurse

    CVORNurse Well-Known Member

    The hospital wouldn't trust a bracelet anyway, as they have to type everyone before they can give blood, to make sure there aren't any antibodies in your blood that will react with the donor blood. I have given many a unit, and they always do a crossmatch with each individual unit against your blood, trying to insure there will not be a reaction.
    If you are bleeding and the doctor thinks you cannot wait the 15 min or so until the crossmatch gets back, they will give O negative. But this is extremely rare to give uncrossmatched blood, I have only done it once in my 12+ years as a nurse.
    So I wouldn't waste my money on the jewelry or a tat( unless you just want a tat with your blood type incorporated into it.:))