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- Blood makes up about 7% of your body's weight
- An adult of average weight has about 10 to 12 pints of blood
- A newborn baby has approximately one cup of blood in his/her body
- More than Sixty percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, however, only five percent do
- Blood fights against infection and helps heal wounds, keeping you healthy
- There are four main blood types: A, B, AB and O.
- More than 10 tests, nine of which are for infectious diseases, are performed on each unit of donated blood
- Just one pint of donated blood can help save the lives of several people
- One pint of blood can be separated into several components (red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate).
- Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's organs and tissues.
- Platelets help blood to clot and give those with leukemia and other cancers a chance to live.
- There are about one billion red blood cells in two to three drops of blood
- Red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are made in the body's bone marrow
- Red blood cells live about 120 days in the circulatory system.
- Donated red blood cells must be used within 42 days.
- Donated platelets must be used within five days
- Plasma can be frozen and used for up to one year.
- Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red blood cells, plasma, and platelets.
- Some anemic patients require blood transfusions to increase their iron levels.
- People who have been in car accidents and have suffered massive blood loss may require transfusions of 50 pints or more of red blood cells
- Plasma is a pale yellow mixture of water, proteins, and salts
- Plasma, which is 90 percent water, constitutes 55 percent of blood volume.
- Plasma helps maintain blood pressure, carries blood cells, nutrients, enzymes, and hormones, and supplies critical proteins for blood clotting and immunity
- Platelets are small blood cells that help control bleeding.
- Cancer, transplant, trauma, and open-heart surgery patients require platelet transfusions to survive.
- White blood cells are the body's primary defense against infection.
- There is no substitute for human blood.
- Much of today's medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors.
- Volunteers provide nearly all of the nation's blood supply for transfusion.
- Every three seconds someone needs blood.
- Blood centers often run short of type O and B blood.
- Shortages of all types of blood often occur during the summer and winter holidays.
- If all blood donors gave at least twice a year, it would greatly strengthen the nation's blood supply.
- Anyone who is in good health, is at least 17 years old, and weighs at least 110 pounds may donate blood every 56 days.
- Blood donation takes four steps: medical history, quick physical, donation, and snacks.
- The actual blood collection takes approximately 5-10 minutes. The entire process, from when you sign in to the time you leave, takes about 45 minutes to one hour.
- Giving blood will not decrease your strength.
- Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may contact their local blood centers to host blood drives.
- Apheresis is a special kind of blood donation that allows a donor to give specific blood components, such as Platelets.
- You cannot get AIDS or any other blood disease by donating blood.
- A heart surgery uses an average of six pints of red blood cells and six pints of platelets.
- The average liver transplant patient needs 40 pints of red blood cells, 30 pints of platelets, 20 bags of cryoprecipitate, and 25 pints of fresh frozen plasma.
- The average bone marrow transplant requires 120 pints of platelets and about 20 pints of red blood cells.
- Severe burn victims can need 20 pints of platelets during their treatment.
- Children being treated for cancer, premature infants, and children having heart surgery need blood and Platelets from donors of all types.
- If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood.
- One out of every 10 people entering a hospital needs blood.
- The average red blood cell transfusion is 3.4 pints.
- Females receive 53% of blood transfused; males receive 47%.
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