Fast Facts

Education Corner

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood

  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.

  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.

  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.

  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

  • Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10% of that eligible population actually do each year

  • The actual blood donation takes less than 10-12 minutes while the entire process only takes about an hour and 15 min.

  • 1 pint is given during a donation

  • A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days.

  • One donation can help save the lives of up to three people.

  • The Red Cross supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood supply and provides blood for patients in approximately 2,600 hospitals across the U.S.