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Vital Signs

Facts & Figures

Blood counts

60%
Percentage of the population eligible to donate blood

5%
Percentage of those eligible who do donate blood

95%
Percentage of people who will need a blood product sometime during their lives

35
Units of whole blood that must be collected every day to meet the needs of DHMC patients (a unit is about a pint)

10 to 12
Units of blood in the average adult's body

3.4
Units of blood in the average transfusion

384
Units of blood that would be donated by someone who gives blood every 56 days, from age 17 to age 76

10
Number of minutes the average whole blood donation takes

866-40-DONOR
Phone number for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Blood Donor Program

SOURCE: DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK MEDICAL CENTER BLOOD DONOR PROGRAM


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