Donation Facts

  1. Healthy adults who are at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate about a pint of blood.

  2. The most common form of donation – every 56 days, or every two months.

  3. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

  4. Four main red blood cell types: A, B, AB and O.

  5. AB is the universal recipient; O negative is the universal donor of red blood cells.

  6. Thirteen tests (11 for infectious diseases) are performed on each unit of donated blood.

  7. The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.

  8. Four easy steps to donate blood: medical history, quick physical, donation and snacks.

  9. The actual blood donation usually takes about 10 minutes.

  10. The entire process – from the time you sign in to the time you leave – takes about an hour.

What is Blood?

Blood is the red fluid that circulates in our blood vessels, i.e.veins and arteries. The main function of blood is to act as the body’s transport system, but it also has a major role in the body’s defense against infection. There is no substitute for blood. It cannot be made or manufactured. Donors are the only source of blood for patients who need it. · One unit of blood can be separated into the following

  • Red Blood Cells
  • White Blood Cells
  • Platelets
  • Plasma
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