Facts About Donating Blood

  • Someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds.
  • Annually, more than 110,000 units of blood, platelets and plasma are required to meet the needs of the hospitals served by The Blood Connection.
  • Donated blood expires in 42 days.
  • Donated platelets expire in 5 days.
  • In your lifetime you will likely need a transfusion of blood, platelets or plasma.
  • One pint of blood can help save up to 3 lives.
  • Four million Americans would die each year without life-saving transfusions.
  • On average, 45 units of blood are used for trauma-related injuries.