Five facts about blood

  1. 4.5 million Americans will need a blood transfusion each year.
  2. 43,000 pints: amount of donated blood used each day in the U.S. and Canada.
  3. Someone needs blood every two seconds.
  4. Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually.**
  5. About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.

(Supplied by America's Blood Centers®, Jan. 2012)
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