Blood Donation Facts & Statistics

Everything you need to know about blood donation. Get the blood donation facts and statistics you need and learn why becoming a blood donor is so important.

Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in U.S. hospitals.

Patients across the U.S. require nearly 7,000 platelet units and 10,000 units of plasma every day.

An estimated 38% of the U.S. population can donate blood, but less than 10% actually do so.

The average donor is a college-educated white male, between the ages of 30 and 50.

Platelets have a 5 day shelf life, whole blood has a shelf live of up to 42 days.

People who are 65 years and older account for approximately 13 percent of the population, but they require 50 percent of all whole blood and red blood cells transfused.

Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States need blood. It could be someone you know.

Now that you know a little more about blood donation, let us tell you more about Stanford Blood Center.

We must collect approximately 200 units of blood products per day to support our partner hospitals.

We supply blood products to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Stanford Health Care and other Bay Area hospitals.

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