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Loving Generous Blood Donors Making Donation In Hospital

In case you didn’t know, January is National Blood Donor Month! So, if you’re thinking of giving blood, now is the time. It’s a great way to help those in need and it’s also a very fulfilling experience. Plus, you get free cookies and juice after donating 🙂 If you’re interested in learning more about blood donation or finding a donor center near you, keep reading. I’ll share some useful information below!

 

Here are the facts:

 

  • Whole blood is the most common type of donation.
  • Blood from one donation can be divided into two components: red blood cells and plasma.
  • The average adult has about 10 pints of blood, but a typical whole-blood donation is only 1 pint.
  • Red blood cells have a short shelf life. They only last for 6 weeks (42 days).
  • Donating whole blood takes only about 10-15 minutes.
  • You can donate whole blood every 56 days—and we encourage you to donate as often as possible.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is 3 pints (or 3 whole-blood donations).
  • More than 1 million people every year are diagnosed with cancer for the first time. Many of them will need blood—sometimes daily—during chemotherapy.
  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • Type O-negative whole blood can be transfused to people with any blood type, but this type of blood is rare, and supplies of it are low.
  • Type AB plasma can be transfused to patients with all other blood types, but it’s also in short supply.
  • While 38% of the American population is eligible to give blood, only 2% actually donates.

 

Click here to find out where to donate blood near you!

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