January is Blood Donor Awareness Month

January is Blood Donor Awareness Month. The Blood & Donor Services program at CHOC Children’s provides comprehensive blood therapy for children. This ranges from blood donor collection services to therapeutic procedures. The program offers designated donor and autologous donor programs for both blood and platelet products to support children undergoing surgery, cancer treatment, and various other conditions.

CHOC relies on volunteer blood donors like you, your friends and co-workers to meet these needs. Donating blood is a safe and easy process, and all blood types are needed.Volunteers who donate can leave knowing they will have a direct impact on the recovery of a child.

Check out these interesting facts from the American Red Cross:

  • 1 pint of blood can help save up to 3 lives.
  • Adults have around 10 pints of blood in their body. 1 pint is given during a donation.
  • Blood cannot be manufactured; it can only come from volunteer donors.
  • 5 million patients in the U.S. need blood every year.
  • Every 2 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  •  A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
  • There are four types of transfusable products that can be derived from blood: red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. Typically, two or three of these are produced from a pint of donated whole blood.
  • Platelets, critical for cancer patients, have a shelf life of about 5 days.

To donate blood to CHOC patients, please call 714-509-8339. For more information, please visit http://www.choc.org/programs-services/blood-donor-services.

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