The Blood is the life-giving fluid that supplies oxygen to cells in the body. It is a special kind of connective tissue comprised of platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells suspended in the liquid plasma matrix.
These are the basic facts; however, there are additional interesting facts. For instance, Blood is responsible for around eight percent of the body’s weight, and it is a source of small amounts of gold.
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Facts About Blood
1. More than 4.5 million people require blood transfusions across Canada and the U.S. and Canada each year.
2. 43,000 pints: quantity of donated Blood used daily across the U.S. and Canada.
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3. Someone needs Blood every two seconds.
4. Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood. This is less than 10 percent annually**.
5. About 1 in 7 people who enter an institution require Blood.
6. One pint of blood could save up to three lives.
7. Healthy adults who have reached the age of 17 and weigh less than 110 pounds can give one pint of Blood — the most commonly used form of donation. Donations are accepted every 56 days or once every two months. Females receive 53 percent of blood transfusions, while males are given 47 percent.
8. 94 percent of blood donors are registered as voters.
9. Four main red blood cell types are A, B, B, AB, and O. Each can be negative or positive about Rh factor. AB represents the ultimate recipient. O Negative is the primary red blood cell donor.
10. Dr. Karl Landsteiner first identified the main blood types of humans A, B, AB, and O, in the year 1901.
11. One unit of Blood can be divided into several parts, such as red blood cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate.
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12. Red blood cells transport oxygen to the tissues and organs of the body.
13. Red blood cells are present for about 120 days in circulation.
14. Platelets promote Blood the clotting process and offer those suffering from leukemia and other cancers a chance to live.
15. Plasma is a pale yellow mix of proteins, water, and salts.
16. Plasma, composed of 90 percent water, comprises 55 percent of the blood volume.
17. Healthy bone marrow provides a constant supply of plasma, red cells, and platelets.
18. Blood or plasma from donors who have been compensated for it can’t be applied for human transfusion.
19. Granulocytes, a type of white blood cell, can roll through the blood vessel’s walls looking for bacteria that they can engulf and kill.
20. White cells are the body’s first line of defense against infections.
21. Apheresis is a specific type of blood donation that allows donors to donate specific blood components, like platelets.
22. Forty-two days: the length of time that red blood cells donated by donors are kept.
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23. Five days: how long donated platelets are stored.
24. One year: how long frozen plasma could be kept.
25. Much of today’s medical treatment relies on a constant supply of healthy blood donors.
26. 2.7 pints: the average total Blood and Red blood cell transfusion. *
27. Children being treated for cancer, premature infants, or children undergoing heart surgery require platelets and Blood from donor donors of various sorts and types, but especially donors of the type O.
28. Anemic patients need blood transfusions to increase the levels of red blood cells.
29. Cancer, transplant, and trauma patients and patients who undergo open-heart surgery might require platelet transfusions to survive.
30. Sickle cell disease is an inheritable disease affecting more than 80,000 people across the United States, 98 percent of them are of African descent.
31. Many patients with sickle cell diseases that are severe receive blood transfusions every month.
32. A patient could be forced to give up a life-saving organ when compatible Blood is not in the bloodstream to support the transplant.
33. Thirteen tests (11 for infectious diseases) are carried out on each unit of blood donated.
34. Seventeen percent of people who don’t give cite “never thought about it” as the primary reason they don’t give the money, and 15 percent claim their lives are busy.
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35. The #1 reason blood donors claim they donate is that they “want to help others.”
36. Shortages of all blood types are common during winter and summer holidays.
37. Blood centers often are short of the types B and O the red blood cell.
38. The rarest blood type isn’t available on the market when required by the patient.
39. There is no alternative to human Blood.
40. If all blood donors donated three times per year, the possibility of a shortage of Blood would be rare. (The current average is around two ).
41. If only one more percent of Americans could donate Blood, the shortage of Blood would go away for the rest of the time.
42. 46.5 gallons: the amount of Blood you can give away if you start at the age of 17 and then give every 56 days until 79.
43. Four easy steps to give Blood to a patient: medical history, quick physical exam, donation, and food.
44. The actual blood donation generally takes around 10 minutes. From the moment you register until the moment you leave, the entire process is about one hour.
45. After donating Blood and replacing the fluid within hours, replace the red blood cells in four weeks. It takes about eight weeks to replenish the iron lost following giving Blood.
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46. You cannot get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood.
47. 10 pints: quantity of blood present in the bloodstream of an adult.
48. One unit of whole blood is equal to one pint.
49. Blood makes up around 7 percent of the body’s weight.
50. A newborn baby has around 1 cup of Blood in his body.
51. Giving Blood will not affect your strength.
52. Any company, community group, house of worship, or individual can contact their local blood center to hold blood drives.
53. Blood drives hosted by schools, companies, places of worship, and civic groups account for about 50% of all blood donations all over the U.S.
54. People who donate Blood are volunteers who are not compensated for their service.
55. 500,000: the number of Americans who donated Blood during the aftermath of the 11 September 11 attacks.
56. Blood donation. It’s just a few minutes in your life. It’s About Life.