Random Facts #5 (Blood)

Just some random facts that you might not already know about blood.

  1. Blood accounts for about 7% of the human body weight.
  2. Two million red blood cells die every second.
  3. Three to four lives can be saved by every pint of blood donated.
  4. About 1 in 7 people who enter hospital will need blood.
  5. White blood cells are the body’s primary defense against infections.
  6. Most donated blood can be stored for around 42 days.
  7. Donated platelets can be stored for about 5 days.
  8. Frozen plasma can be stored for about 1 year.
  9. Frozen blood cells can be stored for 5 years or more.
  10. It takes 8 weeks to restore the iron lost after donating.
  11. A new born baby has about 1 cup of blood in his body.
  12. The average lifespan of a single red blood cell is 120 days.
  13. The three main types of cells that make up our blood are white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.
  14. White blood cells are the largest of cells that make up our blood.
  15. Type AB plasma is considered to be the universal blood plasma type.
  16. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all of our body.
  17. Every 2 seconds, someone will be needing blood.
  18. A healthy donor may donate blood every 56 days.
  19. People with O- type blood are universal donors, meaning this type of blood can be given to any patient.
  20. The #1 reason why donors chose to donate was because “want to help others”.
  21. One out of three people will need a blood transfusion during their lifetime.
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