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.
source: American Red Cross
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