Haemonetics celebrates National Blood Donor Month

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This January, Haemonetics is celebrating National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the lifesaving contributions of blood and platelet donors.

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during the winter - one of the most difficult times to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. Haemonetics encourages you to roll up a sleeve and donate this month!

Facts about Blood Needs: 
  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • Approximately 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  • It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • More than 1.6 million people were expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2015. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment. 
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. 
Facts about the Blood Supply: 
  • The number of blood donations collected in the U.S. in a year: 15.7 million
  • The number of blood donors in the U.S. in a year: 9.2 million
  • Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.
  • Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors.
  • Type O negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
  • Type AB positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all other blood types. AB plasma is also usually in short supply. 

For more information on donating blood, or to find a blood drive near you, please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/ 

Source: The American Red Cross Website. The American National Red Cross, 2016. Web. 6 Jan. 2016.