From donation to transfusion, many hands take part in the lives saved by blood donors and thereby touch the very heart of our community. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers offers several types of blood related services, including whole blood donations, apheresis donations, and therapeutic procedures.
To give blood you must be in good health, 17 years or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo I.D. Anyone who practices activities that are “high risk” for contracting the HIV or hepatitis viruses should not donate. All donors must read the Responsibilities of a Blood Donor before donating.
Donating Blood Facts
- 1 blood donation (1 pint) can save up to 3 lives.
- 4.5 million Americans will need a blood transfusion each year.
- More than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day.
- 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.
- One unit of blood can be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate.
- Platelets promote blood clotting and give those with leukemia and other cancers a chance to live.
- Blood or plasma that comes from people who have been paid for it cannot be used for human transfusions.
- The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
- Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types, especially type O.
- The #1 reason blood donors say they give is because they “want to help others.”
- More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. 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.
- Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually.
- Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from donors.
- Type O-negative blood can be transfused to patients of all blood types.
- Type AB-positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all other blood types. AB plasma is usually in short supply.
- 1 in 7 of people entering the hospital will need blood.