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Practice nursing basics: rhesus factor disease

Practice nursing basics: rhesus factor disease

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Julie Smith
Specialist Nurse
General Practice Nursing
Chaddlewood Surgery

All blood groups are based on the absence or presence of special proteins attached to the surface of red blood cells. The rhesus factor protein is the next most important one after the A and B proteins. If a person carries the rhesus factor they are Rh-positive. If they do not they are Rh-negative. The gene that causes a person to be Rh-positive is present in about 85% of the UK population.(1)

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