Every two seconds someone needs blood. Since there is no substitute for human blood and supplies must be constantly renewed, the need for donation is great.
About three gallons of blood is required to support the entire nation’s blood need for just one minute, according to American Blood Centers. One in three people will need blood during a lifetime. Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population are eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent do so annually, the American Association of Blood Banks says. Patients in Oklahoma hospitals need blood 365 days-a-year, whether it’s for scheduled treatments or for emergencies. Oklahoma Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in some 150 medical facilities throughout the state. This includes all Oklahoma City-area hospitals. Although all blood types are needed, people with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. Only 9 percent of the national population has O-negative blood, according to the American Association of Blood Banks; however, O-negative blood can be used in an emergency need when a patient’s blood type has not yet been identified. All healthy adults, ages 17 and older and who weigh at least 110 pounds, are encouraged to give blood. Getting older does not make people ineligible to donate. Charity: Blood Donation
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