Blood Donation Facts

More than 75% of all Americans reaching age 72 will need blood in their lifetimes; 97% will have a loved one or friend who will need life-saving blood. The most common uses for blood are as follows:

Most Common Uses for Blood

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery 1-5 Pints
Other Open Heart Surgery up to 40 pints
Bleeding Ulcer 3-20 pints
Fractured Hip/Joint Replacement 2-20 pints
Brain Surgery 4-20 pints
Prostate Cancer 4-6 pints
Aneurysm 6-10 pints
Auto Accident - Trauma up to 50 or more pints
Organ Transplant up to 100 or more pints
Bone Marrow Transplant 1-2 units of red cells daily for 8-10 weeks
6-8 units of platelets daily for 4-6 weeks

How can I find out my blood type?

You will receive a donor identification card in the mail about a month after your donation. Your blood type is listed on the front of the card. Present this card at any of our locations or mobile blood drives when you donate for easier registration.

I have a really rare ABO/Rh blood type, which must mean you need my blood more often than those with the common types, right?

Actually, the opposite is true. Those with common blood types are needed because it is those that represent the most common patient population. However, there is always a great need for Type O donors and donors that are Rh negative. A breakdown of the blood types by population is as follows:

Blood Group Rh Factor Approx. Pop. %

O Positive 38%
A Positive 34%
B Positive 9%
AB Positive 3%
O Negative 7%
A Negative 6%
B Negative 2%
AB Negative 1%