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 BLOOD FACTS

 

  There is no substitute for blood.


  Every three minutes, someone needs a life-sustaining blood transfusion.


  Every eight minutes, someone gives blood.


  One in ten people who enter a hospital will need blood.


  Less than half the population is eligible to give blood.


  Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days (six weeks).


  Victims of car accidents can require up to 50 units of blood per hour until they stabilize.


  Sickle Cell patients require up to four units per month for life.


  Cancer treatments can require four or more units of blood.


  Brain surgery requires anywhere from two to 25 units.

 

  Blood is the life-maintaining fluid that circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins and capillaries.

  Blood carries to the body nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen.

  Blood carries away from the body waste matter and carbon dioxide.

  Blood fights against infection and helps heal wounds, keeping you healthy.

  Blood makes up about 7% of your body's weight.

  Brain surgery requires anywhere from two to 25 units. 

  Blood is the life-maintaining fluid that circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins and capillaries.

  Blood carries to the body nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen.

  Blood carries away from the body waste matter and carbon dioxide.

  Blood fights against infection and helps heal wounds, keeping you healthy.

  Blood makes up about 7% of your body's weight.

  A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his or her body.

  White blood cells are the body's primary defence against infection.

  Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's organs and tissues.

  There are about one billion red blood cells in two to three drops of blood.

  Red blood cells live about 120 days in the circulatory system.

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