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The facts about donating blood

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(Indiana Blood Center)– Here are some facts about donating:

1. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.  Every day approximately 41,000 units of blood are required throughout the country.

2. The blood supply needs constant replenishment.  Red blood cells can only be transfused within 42 days of collection and platelets can only be transfused within five days of collection.

3. All blood used for transfusions in the U.S. is drawn from volunteer donors.  Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be donated every seven days.  Double red cells can be donated every 112 days.

4. There is no substitute for human blood.  Despite all the research, no replacement for human blood has been found.

5. One unit of whole blood is approximately one pint. The body contains eight to 12 pints of blood.

6. Giving blood has health benefits.  Before the actual donation, each donor receives a mini-physical that checks one’s pulse, temperature, iron levels and blood pressure.

7. Four easy steps to donating blood: Medical history, mini-physical, donation and refreshments.

8. Indiana Blood Center is the state’s largest independent blood provider.  Dedicated to maintaining a stable blood supply for the 60+ hospital it supplies.

9. Indiana Blood Center must see 550 people daily.  Every day people are diagnosed with illnesses such as cancer, leukemia and sickle cell disease, all of which utilize blood for treatment.