Thursday, March 5, 2009
- More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada.
- 43,000 pints: amount of donated blood used each day in the U.S. and Canada.
- Someone needs blood every two seconds.
- Only 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood - less than 10 percent do annually.
- About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.