American Red Cross Blood Drive
April 7, 2011
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On April 7, Corban students and staff will take up arms to save lives.
Corban’s Associated Student Body (ASB) is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross in an effort to help the ARC provide lifesaving blood to those in need. The blood drive will be held in the Psalm Performing Arts Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
If you need a good reason to donate blood, consider these facts:
Facts about blood needs
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
- More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day
- One out of every 10 people admitted in a hospital needs blood
- Total blood transfusions in a given year: 14 million (2001)
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O
- The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs
- Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98% of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives
- 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 units of blood
Facts about blood donors
- The #1 reason donors say they give blood is because they "want to help others"
- Two most common reasons cited by people who don't give blood are: "Never thought about it" and "I don't like needles"
- One donation can help save the lives of up to 3 people
- If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially helping save over 1,000 lives!
- Red Cross donors are 50% male, 50% female
- The American Red Cross accepts blood donations only from voluntary donors
- Among Red Cross donors in a given year, 18% donate occasionally, 38% are first time donors, and 43% are repeat and loyal donors
- People with O- type blood are universal donors. Their blood can be given to people of all blood types. Only 7% of people in the U.S. have O- blood type
- Type O- blood is often used in emergencies before the patient's blood type is known, and with newborns who need blood.
- 145% of people in the U.S. have type O (+/-) blood. This percentage is higher among Hispanics — 57%, and among African Americans — 51%
- People with AB+ type blood are universal donors of plasma, the liquid portion of blood. AB+ plasma is often used in emergencies, for newborns and for patients requiring massive transfusions