BLOOD NEEDS . . .
+ Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
+ Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
+ Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
+ The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 units.
+ The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
+ Sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S.
++ About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year.
++ Patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives.
+ A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.