|Facts about Blood and Blood Donation
- There is no substitute for human blood.
- Four easy steps to donate blood: medical history, quick physical, donation and snacks.
- The actual blood donation usually takes about 10 minutes. The entire process from the time you sign in to the time you leave takes about an hour.
- You cannot get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood.
- 10 pints: amount of blood in the body of an average adult.
- Blood makes up about 7 percent of your body's weight.
- A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his body.
- Shortages of all blood types happen during the summer and winter holidays.
- Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's organs and tissues.
- Red blood cells live about 120 days in the circulatory system.
- About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.
- One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
- Someone needs blood every two seconds.
- White cells are the body's primary defense against infection.
- Much of today's medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors.