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BLOOD. SIMPLE. With less than 10 percent of the Americans eligible to give blood actually rolling up their sleeves and donating, blood banks across the country face regular shortages. Let's explore who gives blood, how the donation process works and why you should consider donating if you can. Who Gives Blood? 9.2 million 1 in 3 7.8% л Estimate eligible to donate blood who actually do in a given year Blood donors in the U.S. Americans who Americans are eligible to donate blood every year =1 million RED CROSS DONORS IN A TYPICAL YEAR 19% 31% 50% Occasional First-time Regular Understanding the Need Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. 41,000 Blood donations needed every day; in a year with each donation taking about 1 pint, that would be enough to fill up standard in-ground pools. 75 wimming A single victim from a car accident can require up to 100 pints of blood during emergency treatment. How Blood Donation Works Registration Complete donor forms and provide ID. Mini-physical Answer a few medical questions during confidential interview; questions will cover health history and some of the places you've traveled. YOUR TEMPERATURE, HEMOGLOBIN, BLOOD PRESSURE A AND PULSE will be checked. Donation A spot on your arm will be cleansed and a new needle inserted for the blood draw. Recovery A whole blood donation will take about Your body will need about 10 minutes; 10-15 other donations (such as red cells or plasma) can take up to minutes to adjust to the decrease in fluid volume; refreshments will help you get on with your normal daily activities. 2 hours. When about a pint of blood has been drawn, a staff member will place a bandage on your arm. Healthy donors can give once every 56 days. Why Give Blood? 1 donation can help save the lives of as many as 3 people SOURCES

Blood. Simple.

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Blood is important. However, when a medical need for blood occurs, many hospitals are running short. has created an infographic detailing the importance of blood d...


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