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Blood Donation Statistics

  1. Anyone in good health, at least 16 years old, and at least 120 pounds may donate whole blood every 56 days, platelets every 14 days. Donors who switch between the two may give platelets 56 days after a whole blood donation or whole blood 28 days after a platelet donation.
  2. CBCC currently distributes an average of 390 blood products a day, a total of more than 142K per year. 
  3. 4.5 million Americans will need a blood transfusion this year.
  4. Someone needs blood every two seconds.
  5. Approximately 1 in 7 people being treated in the hospital need blood for their treatment.
  6. A single blood donation can save 3 local lives. Whole blood is separated into three individual components: platelets, red cells and plasma.
  7. 37% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood -- only 5% do.
  8. If all blood donors gave three times a year, it would help prevent blood shortages.
  9. There are four easy steps to donate blood: medical history, quick physical, donation and snacks!
  10. The actual blood donation usually takes less than ten minutes. The entire process -- from the time you sign in to the time you leave -- takes less than an hour.
  11. CBCC performs 14 tests (11 for infectious diseases) on each unit of donated blood.
  12. 42 days: the shelf life of donated red blood cells.
  13. Five days: the shelf life of donated platelets.
  14. One year: the shelf life of frozen plasma.
  15. Car accident and other blood loss victims can need transfusions of 50 pints or more of red blood cells.
  16. Bone marrow transplant patients need platelet donations from about 120 people and red blood cells from about 20 people.
  17. Severe burn victims can need 20 units of platelets during their treatment.
  18. Anemic patients need blood transfusions to increase their iron levels.
  19. Cancer, transplant and trauma patients, and patients undergoing open-heart surgery require platelet transfusions to survive.
  20. There are four main blood types: A, B, AB and O. AB is the universal recipient, O negative is the universal donor.