Facts About Blood: What a Medical Lab Technician Knows
On the site of America’s Blood Centers®,* you will find some 56 interesting facts about blood, many of which are the job of a medical lab technician to know.
Here are some facts about blood from the site:
- 94 percent of blood donors are registered voters.
- The four main red blood cell types: A, B, AB and O.
- Each of the blood types can be positive or negative for the Rhesus factor (Rh factor).**
- AB blood types are universal recipients.
- O negative is the universal donor of red blood cells.
The Responsibility of a Medical Lab Tech
Medical laboratory technicians can work in hospitals, clinics, public health centers, private labs, and more. While they may not know the what percentage of blood donors are registered donors, they can have the responsibility knowing about and determining blood types and/or matching blood types for blood transfusions.
Interested in learning more about the work of a lab tech. Visit HealthCareers.net today where you can also find medical laboratory technician training programs at schools near you.
* Site of America’s Blood Centers®
**The Rh factor refers to D antigen of the Rh blood group system, a red-cell antigen important to development of isoimmunization in Rh-negative persons exposed to the blood of Rh-positive persons, as in a mother’s blood type being incompatible to her unborn fetus.