Fun Facts About Blood

How much does your donation help?

A single hospital patient can require a large amount of blood in a single situation.

cancer ribbonCancer Patients

Up to eight platelet units per week

Burn VictimsBurn Victims

Up to 20 plasma units

Automobile AccidentsAutomobile Accidents

Up to 50 red blood cell units

Heart SurgeryHeart Surgery

Up to six red blood cell units + six platelet units

Organ TransplantsOrgan Transplants

Up to 25 plasma units + 30 platelet units + 40 red blood cell units

Premature InfantsPremature Infants

Up to five units of red blood cells

Did you know?

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  • Someone needs blood every two seconds. 
  • Less than 10% of the eligible U.S. population (38%) donates annually.
  • There is no substitute for human blood. 
  • One in seven people entering a hospital need blood.
  • Females receive 53 percent of blood transfusions. Males receive 47 percent.
  • One unit of blood can be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma and platelets.
  • Fifteen tests (eleven for infectious diseases) are performed on each unit of donated blood.
  • Healthy adults who are 16 years old and weigh at least 120 pounds are eligible to donate whole blood.

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