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  Blood Facts
  • Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all of the body.
  • Blood carries carbon dioxide and other waste products back to the lungs, kidneys and liver for disposal.
  • Blood fights against infection and helps heal wounds, keeping you healthy. Blood makes up about 7% of your body's weight.
  • White blood cells are the body's primary defense against infection.
  • Granulocytes, a type of white blood cell, roll along blood vessel walls to search and destroy bacteria.
  • Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's organs and tissue. 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.
  General Blood Facts
  • There is no substitute for human Blood.
  • Blood makes up about 7% of your body's weight.
  • An average adult has about 14 to 18 pints of Blood.
  • One unit of donated whole Blood is separated into components before use (red Blood cells, white Blood cells, plasma, platelets, etc.)
  • There are four main Blood types: A, B, AB and O. Each Blood type is either Rh positive or negative.
  • Red Blood cells can be stored under normal conditions for up to 42 days. Frozen red Blood cells can be stored for ten years, and more.
  • Platelets must be used within five days. Platelets are small Blood cells that assist in the process of Blood clotting helping those with leukemia and other cancers, controlling bleeding. Platelets help blood to clot and give those with leukemia and other cancers a chance to live. Aphaeresis is a special kind of blood donation that allows a donor to give specific blood components, such as platelets. If all blood donors gave 2 to 4 times a year, it would help prevent all blood shortages.
  • Plasma, the fourth major component of Blood, is a sticky, pale yellow fluid mixture of water, protein and salts. It is 95% water. The other 5% is made up of nutrients, proteins and hormones.
  • Blood Plasma constitutes 55% of the volume of human Blood.
  • Plasma helps maintain Blood pressure, carries Blood cells, nutrients, enzymes and hormones, and supplies critical proteins for Blood clotting and immunity.
  • Type AB plasma has been considered as the universal Blood plasma type, and therefore AB plasma is given to patients with any Blood type.
  • Frozen Plasma can be stored for up to one year.
  • Human Blood: Red Blood cells, White Blood cells, Plasma and Platelets are made naturally by the body in the bone marrow.
  Facts about the blood donation process
  • Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
  • Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical donation and refreshments.
  • Every blood donor will be checked for temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.
  • The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 min.
  • The average adult has about 10 units of blood in his body. Roughly 1 unit is given during a donation.
  • A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days.
  • A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 7 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year.
  • All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be transfused to patients.
  Benefits of Blood Donation
  • Reduce the chance of heart disease & stroke.
  • Reduce the overall iron levels in blood for people having high iron content, which may protect against heart attack.
  • Enhance the production of new Red Blood Cells.
  • Helps in fighting hemochromitosis, a genetic disorder.
  • Burns calories - One pint of blood (450 ml) when donated burns 650 calories in donorís body.
  • Removes impure blood present in your body.
  • By donating blood you are saving someone's life who need emergency blood.
  • Each whole blood donation can help as many as three people. One unit is divided into three parts: i.e Red blood cells, Platelets, and Plasma.
  • Most blood donation centers check your heart rate, hemoglobin, blood pressure etc for 'FREE'. You will have to pay for them at normal clinics.
  • You receive the donation day as a paid holiday from work with most employers.
  • Regular donors are often given some sort of non-monetary recognition.
  • Blood centers will give incentives such as donor privilege cards and assurances of priority benefits during shortages.
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