FACTS ABOUT BLOOD NEEDS:
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
- A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
- The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
- Sickle cell disease affects more than 70,000 people in the U.S.
- About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year.
- Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy
- treatment.A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
FACTS ABOUT THE BLOOD SUPPLY:
- The number of blood donations collected in the U.S. in a year: 15.7 million
- The number of blood donors in the U.S. in a year: 9.2 million
- Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.
- Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors.
- Type O-negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types.
- It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
- Type AB-positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all other blood types.
- AB plasma is also usually in short supply.