January Is National Blood Donor Month- Facts About Blood

Did you know that 4.5 million Americans need blood transfusion each year? (credit: Getty Images)
January Is National Blood Donor Month Did you know that 4.5 million Americans need blood transfusion each year? (credit: Getty Images)
Someone needs blood every two seconds. (credit: Getty Images)
January Is National Blood Donor Month Someone needs blood every two seconds. (credit: Getty Images)
Approximately one in seven people entering a hospital need blood. (credit: Getty Images)
January Is National Blood Donor Month Approximately one in seven people entering a hospital need blood. (credit: Getty Images)
About 94 percent of blood donors are registered voters. (credit: Getty Images)
January Is National Blood Donor Month About 94 percent of blood donors are registered voters. (credit: Getty Images)
One unit of blood can be separated into several components. Those components include: the red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate.(credit: Getty Images)
January Is National Blood Donor Month One unit of blood can be separated into several components. Those components include: the red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate.(credit: Getty Images)
Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's organs and tissues and  can live about 120 days in the circulatory system.
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January Is National Blood Donor Month Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's organs and tissues and can live about 120 days in the circulatory system. (credit: Getty Images)
It's a fact: much of today's medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors. (credit: Getty Images)
January Is National Blood Donor Month It's a fact: much of today's medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors. (credit: Getty Images)
Did you know that the #1 reason blood donors say they give is because they "want to help others"? 
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January Is National Blood Donor Month Did you know that the #1 reason blood donors say they give is because they "want to help others"? (credit: Getty Images)
Shortages of all blood types happen during the summer as well as winter holidays.
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January Is National Blood Donor Month Shortages of all blood types happen during the summer as well as winter holidays. (credit: Getty Images)
There is no substitute for human blood, despite advances in medical technology.
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January Is National Blood Donor Month There is no substitute for human blood, despite advances in medical technology. (credit: Getty Images)
If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reach 79 years old, you would have donated 46.5 gallons of blood. (credit: Getty Images)
January Is National Blood Donor Month If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reach 79 years old, you would have donated 46.5 gallons of blood. (credit: Getty Images)
The actual blood donation usually takes about 10 minutes. The entire process – from the time you sign in to the time you leave – takes approximately one hour.
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January Is National Blood Donor Month The actual blood donation usually takes about 10 minutes. The entire process – from the time you sign in to the time you leave – takes approximately one hour. (credit: Getty Images)
You CANNOT get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood.
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January Is National Blood Donor Month You CANNOT get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood. (credit: Getty Images)
Blood makes up approximately seven percent of your body's weight.
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January Is National Blood Donor Month Blood makes up approximately seven percent of your body's weight. (credit: Getty Images)
There are 43,000 pints of  donated blood used each day in the U.S. and Canada.(credit: Getty Images)
January Is National Blood Donor Month There are 43,000 pints of donated blood used each day in the U.S. and Canada.(credit: Getty Images)
Blood drives that are hosted by companies, schools, places of worship and organizations supply about half of all blood donations across the U.S.
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January Is National Blood Donor Month Blood drives that are hosted by companies, schools, places of worship and organizations supply about half of all blood donations across the U.S. (credit: Getty Images)
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