Tim Smith has a cousin who is having surgery and he would like to donate blood for his cousin in case they need a transfusion during surgery. Tim knows that his blood type is O but he does not know his cousin’s blood type.

  1. Can you explain to Tim some details about donating blood? Be sure to include details about the process.
  2. How old do you have to be to donate blood?
  3. Where in this area would you recommend Tim go to donate blood?
  4. What are the four blood types?
  5. What are the different types of blood products?
  6. What are some reasons why people need blood products?
  7. Is all blood compatible with all plasma? Why or why not?
  8. Which blood type is considered the universal donor?
  9. Which blood type is considered the universal recipient?
  10. Do you think Tim’s blood could be given to his cousin? Why or Why not?

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