Red Cross encourages blood donations during shortage
Blood shortages continue to affect hospitals nationwide. In order to increase the donation of blood, the Red Cross provided the following facts:
- 5 million Americans will need a blood transfusion each year.
- 43,000 pints is the amount of donated blood needed each day in the U.S. and Canada.
- Someone needs blood every two seconds.
- Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually.
- About one in seven people entering a hospital need blood.
- One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
- Healthy adults who are at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate about a pint of blood – the most common form of donation – every 56 days, or every two months. Females receive 53 percent of blood transfusions; males receive 47 percent.
- 94 percent of blood donors are registered voters.
- Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types, especially type O.
- Cancer, transplant and trauma patients, and patients undergoing open-heart surgery may require platelet transfusions to survive.
Where to donate
- 415 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS 66762
- (800) 733-2767
- 101 N Rangeline Rd, Joplin, MO 64801
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