Did you know that every
2 seconds 1 person
in America needs blood.
In the U.S., a blood transfusion is needed about every two seconds. The demand continues to outpace the supply, in part because today's medical techniques require more blood transfusions. Because each blood donation is separated into three components—red cells, platelets and plasma—just one donation can help save up to three lives, maybe even someone you know.
And blood is always needed. It's perishable and must constantly be replaced. In the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region, we annually distribute over 500,000 blood products to patients in need. To do that, we count on about 1,200 donations of whole blood every day.