Red Cross encourages blood donations during shortage

Blood shortages continue to affect hospitals nationwide. In order to increase the donation of blood, the Red Cross provided the following facts:

  • 5 million Americans will need a blood transfusion each year.
  • 43,000 pints is the amount of donated blood needed each day in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Someone needs blood every two seconds.
  • Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually.
  • About one in seven people entering a hospital need blood.
  • One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
  • Healthy adults who are at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate about a pint of blood – the most common form of donation – every 56 days, or every two months. Females receive 53 percent of blood transfusions; males receive 47 percent.
  • 94 percent of blood donors are registered voters.
  • Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types, especially type O.
  • Cancer, transplant and trauma patients, and patients undergoing open-heart surgery may require platelet transfusions to survive.

Where to donate

American Red Cross

  • 415 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS 66762
    • (800) 733-2767

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks

  • 101 N Rangeline Rd, Joplin, MO 64801
    • +1(417)626-8323


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