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Facts & Figures - New blood

Where transfusions come from

Pints of blood in the body of an average adult

8 million
Number of volunteer blood donors annually in the U.S.

Percentage of Americans eligible to donate blood who do so

15 million
Units of blood donated in the U.S. in 2001

4.9 million
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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