Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League | Blood Donation Drive
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Blood Donation Drive

Blood Donation Drive
March 31, 2018
9:00am – 2:00pm

The Chicago Urban League
4510 S. Michigan Ave


Facts about blood needs:

– Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
– Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
– Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
– Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
– 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.
– It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
– According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.69 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
– A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

For more information about national blood collection and utilization trends, visit the AABB website. AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.

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