Blood is the lifeline of our body. Read these blood facts to learn more about what makes blood such an essential, life-sustaining force and how your donations critically impact the lives of patients in our communities.
- 4.5 million Americans receive blood transfusions each year.
- 40,000 pints are transfused each day in the United States – to save the lives of cancer patients, accident, burn, and trauma victims, newborn babies, mothers delivering babies, transplant patients, surgery patients and others in need.
- Much of today's sophisticated medical care (transplants, heart surgeries, etc.) relies on blood transfusions.
- Car accident and trauma victims may need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions.
- Severe burn victims may need as many as 20 platelet transfusions.
- Bone marrow transplant patients may require platelets and red cells from more than 100 donors.
- Blood products are perishable: donated red cells last only 42 days, platelets last only 5 days, and plasma can be frozen for a year.
- State-of-the art automated red blood cell donation ( Alyx (60.2 KB) ) allows donors to double their impact by donating two units of red cells in one visit.