Facts & Figures - New blood
Where transfusions come from
Pints of blood in the body of an average adult
Number of volunteer blood donors annually in the U.S.
Percentage of Americans eligible to donate blood who do so
Units of blood donated in the U.S. in 2001
Patients who received a blood transfusion in the U.S. in 2001
Days after donation that red cells must be used
Days after donation that platelets must be used
Pecentage of DHMC patients who need a blood transfusion
Percentage of red cells used at DHMC that are donated locally
Percentage of platelets used at DHMC that are donated locally
30 to 45
Number of minutes it takes to donate blood at DHMC
Sources: American Association of Blood Banks, National Blood Data Resource Center, DHMC Blood Donation Center
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