The blood is a vital part of your body. It carries oxygen and nutrients to your cells. At the same time, it gets rid of waste products.
There are four types of blood that exist ( type A, B, AB, O). Each blood type helps to save many lives every year. Here are more important facts about the blood and blood transfusion:
Amazing Fact #1
Red blood cells develop in the bone marrow and circulate in the body for around two months.
Amazing Fact #2
Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body. They also contain a protein called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin contains iron, which combines with oxygen and turns our blood a red color.
Amazing Fact #3
The blood you donate is sold on the open market. It’s a $4.5 billion per year industry.
Amazing Fact #4
The average human adult has between 4.7 and 5.0 liters of blood. Your blood accounts for about seven percent of your total body weight.
Amazing Fact #5
Every three minutes, someone needs a life-sustaining blood transfusion. Every eight minutes, someone gives blood.
Amazing Fact #6
One in ten people who enter a hospital, will need blood. Less than half the population, is eligible to give blood.
Amazing Fact #7
Around 108 million units of donated blood, are collected every year. Nearly 50% of these blood donations, are collected in high-income countries. This is less than 20% of the world’s population.
Amazing Fact #8
More than 1.6 million people, were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
Amazing Fact #9
If you are 17 years old (16 in some states), and weigh 110 pounds, you may donate blood every 56 days.
Amazing Fact #10
ABC members collected more than 7.5 million units of whole blood in 2008 – that’s nearly half of the U.S. blood supply as well as 25% of the Canadian blood supply.
Amazing Fact #11
Approximately 43,000 units of blood, are used each day in the United States. Three gallons of blood, supports the entire nation’s blood needs for one minute.
Amazing Fact #12
Blood centers often run short of type O and B blood. Shortages of all types of blood occur, during the summer and winter holidays. If all blood donors gave twice a year, it would help prevent blood shortages.
Amazing Fact #13
Blood cells are produced in the bone marrow. Vertebrae, ribs, pelvis, skull, and sternum are especially productive cell factories.
Amazing Fact #14
A pint of donated blood is separated in the lab into components. This is to that blood can be transfused, individually, based on need.
Amazing Fact #15
Whole blood contains red cells, white cells, and platelets, suspended in plasma.
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