National Blood Donor Month:

12 facts about blood donation that you may not know

In the spirit of continuing to increase awareness of the importance of blood donation, I thought it would be helpful to give a few more facts about blood donation.

12 Blood Donation Facts:

1. Only 38% of the country’s population is able to donate blood however, only about 10% actually donate.

2. Despite all of the advances we’ve had in technology, blood cannot be manufactured. Donating blood is the only way for those in need to receive it.

3. As mentioned in our post the other day, one single blood donation can save 3 lives via plasma, platelets, and red cells.

4. Donated blood is tested for multiple infectious diseases (i.e., HIV).

5. According to BSW Health, here are 8 different blood type frequencies amongst the U.S. population: O Positive blood – 37%, O Negative blood – 7%, A Positive blood – 36%, A Negative blood – 6%, B Positive blood – 8%, B Negative blood – 2%, AB Positive blood – 3%, and AB Negative blood – 1% Click here

6. Your ABO blood type is based on the presence or absence of the A and B antigens in your red blood cells.

7. Eligible donors can donate blood every 8 weeks.

8. The American Journal of Epidemiology reports that blood donors are 88% less likely to have a heart attack Click here

9. Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and nearly 21 million blood components are transfused in the U.S. every year.

10.The most often requested blood type by hospitals is type O.

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

12. According to the American Red Cross, about 1,000 babies in the U.S. are born with Sickle cell disease and it affects 90,000 to 100,000 people. Sickle cell patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives Click here

As you can see from the very first statistic on the list, there is a great need for donors in our country and my husband and I know from first hand experience how important it is when it comes to saving a life. We are forever grateful to those who take the time out of their schedules to selflessly donate.

You can go to AmericanRedCross.org to find out more about donating blood, as well as where you can do so in your area.

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