It is essential for everyone to know their own blood group and that of their family members. There are many occasions when knowing your blood group could be important. For example, if you or a member of your family required an urgent blood transfusion it would be useful to know your blood group in advance. If it was an uncommon group it would allow the hospital valuable time to ensure adequate supplies.
If you travel overseas carrying a blood group card could prove invaluable. Accidents and other emergencies can often be dealt with more efficiently knowing the blood group of the person or persons involved.How accurate is this test?
The test is accurate and will detect the common blood grouping system A,B,O,AB as shown in the chart below which covers the vast majority of the population. Unusual blood groups or rare sub-types will not be detected by this method. Further investigation by a blood transfusion laboratory will be necessary to identify such groups.
This blood test will determine which of the main 8 blood types you are. Once you have determined your blood type you will know which other blood you can accept and also who can accept yours.
For example if your blood type is O- (negative) then you are known as the universal donor as all the standard blood types can receive your blood but you can only be given O- in a transfusion. On the other hand if you are AB+ (positive) then you are known as the universal recipient being able to receive any of the standard blood types but your blood can only be used in a transfusion by someone having the same blood type i.e AB+ (positive). Test contents:
- Instruction leaflet
- Blood group test card (inside foil pouch)
- Blood group result card
- Plastic pipette
- Alcohol swab
- Applicators (4)
- Each card can only be used once
- Do not use this test if the foil pouch has been opened
- Perform test at room temperature