Department of Business, USA
*Corresponding author: Lucas MT, Department of Business, Vermont, USA
Submission: November 09, 2018; Published: November 15, 2018
ISSN: 2578-0239Volume1 Issue4
Managing blood is a challenging task. There are eight different blood types (i.e., A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-, O+ and O-) including some such as O+, A+, and O-, that are relatively common while others such as AB+ and AB- are relatively rare. Blood is perishable and as with any perishable product it deteriorates with age and must be discarded when its useful life expires. The need for different types of blood is highly uncertain varies by region of the country and depends on the specifics of the medical treatments or surgical procedures needed. It is also the case that because certain procedures require different levels of freshness the oldest blood in storage is not always used first. Finally, the supply of blood can be highly variable as blood donations which are voluntary, can vary depending on geographic location as well as over time.