According to the American Red Cross here are 10 facts about the need for blood donation.
|1.||Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood|
|2.||More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day|
|3.||One out of every 10 people admitted in a hospital needs blood|
|4.||Total blood transfusions in a given year: 14 million (2001)|
|5.||The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints|
|6.||The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O|
|7.||The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs|
|8.||Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98% of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives|
|9.||More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.|
|10.||A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.|
Please consider donating. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days.