Did you know?
Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and/or platelets.
Approximately 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
Nearly 5,000 units or platelets and 6,500 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
Sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives.
A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.
Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.
The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
One donation can help save more than one life.