Blood Donation Facts

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blood donation is a fulfilling, powerful and enriching experience and can save lives. Unfortunately, fewer than 5 percent of people who are eligible to donate actually do. Dr. Edward Hill discusses facts about blood donation and the demand for blood in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Giving blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of people who need it.

Consider the following facts about blood needs:

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day.

Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.

Nearly 21 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.

About 1.7 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood during their chemotherapy treatment.

A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

The need for blood is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.