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January is National Blood Donor Month

According to the American Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. In honor of National Blood Donor Month, here are a few facts about donating blood:

  • Blood only comes from donors. It can’t be manufactured.
  • There is no upper age limit for donating blood, as long as you are healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds and have no restrictions.
  • Blood that has been paid for cannot be used in transfusions. In other words, all blood used in hospitals is donated.
  • All blood donated is tested for infectious diseases before being released for use.
  • Each blood donation can help up to three people.
  • Blood donations have a shelf life of up to 6 weeks.
  • Healthy donors can donate as often as once every 8 weeks.
  • Cancer patients often need blood during their chemotherapy treatments.
  • Sickle cell patients may require blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • Approximately one pint of blood is collected per donation.
  • A car accident victim may require up to 100 pints of blood.

Donating blood doesn’t take long and can make a huge difference in someone’s life. If you’re not a candidate for donating blood, consider volunteering or coordinating a blood drive.

source: American Red Cross

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