There are many reasons to give blood, including the opportunity to improve and save patients’ lives while engaging in a rewarding personal experience.
- Summer and holiday donations decrease by 20%.
- Every three seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. There is no substitute.
- BloodCenter of Wisconsin strives to see 800 donors a day, 6 days a week, to collect the blood needed by patients in more than 50 hospitals with which we partner.
- The average adult has about 10 to 11 pints of blood. During a whole blood donation, about one pint is drawn.
- A unit of whole blood can impact the lives of up to three people because it can be separated into three distinct products, each of which has a different function and can be used in concentrated doses depending on patient need.
- In order to donate blood you must weigh at least 110 lbs. and be in general good health.
- You must be at least 17 years old (16 with signed parental consent).
- Less than 5% of the eligible population donates.
- One in three people will need a blood transfusion in his/her lifetime.
- Someone in our area receives a blood transfusion every four minutes.
- You are eligible to donate whole blood again 56 days after your donation.
- People with O negative blood type are universal donors. This means their red blood cells can be transfused to patients with any blood type.