About Blood Donations

  • One donation can help multiple patients. Following collection, red blood cells, plasma and platelets are separated, stored and distributed separately.

  • Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors.

  • Blood is composed of 3 main components: red cells, plasma and platelets.

  • Most donated red blood cells must be used within 42 days of collection.

  • Apheresis is a mode of collection that allows a donor to give only the specific blood component that is in need by patients, such as platelets.

  • Platelets are especially in need by cancer patients and must be used within 5 days of collection. New donations are continuously in need.

  • All blood types are needed to help patients; the need for type O negative is especially acute. Only 7% of U.S. residents have “universal” blood.

  • 1 in 7 people entering the hospital will need a blood transfusion.

  • Less than 10% of the population eligible to donate blood actually does so.

  • Every 2 seconds someone needs blood.

  • 1 in 7 hospital patients needs blood.

  • Blood makes up about 8% of the human body.