Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Facts about Blood

# An adult of average weight has about 10 to 12 pints of blood.
# Blood fights against infection and helps heal wounds, keeping you healthy.
# Just one pint of donated blood can help save the lives of several people. One pint of blood may be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate.
# People who have been in car accidents and have suffered massive blood loss may require transfusions of 50 pints or more of red blood cells.
# Platelets are small blood cells that help control bleeding. Platelets help blood to clot and give those with leukemia and other cancers a chance to live.
# Cancer, transplant, trauma, and open-heart surgery patients require platelet transfusions to survive.
# Plasma helps maintain blood pressure, carries blood cells, nutrients, enzymes, and hormones, and supplies critical proteins for blood clotting and immunity
# Every three seconds someone needs blood.
# One out of every 10 people entering a hospital needs blood.
# Anyone who is in good health, is at least 17 years old, and weighs at least 110 pounds may donate blood every 56 days.
# Giving blood will not decrease your strength.
# You cannot get AIDS or any other blood disease by donating blood.
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