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Approximately 38,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States. Over 4 million people receive blood transfusions every year. For nearly half or about 2 million patients, the need for blood is urgent and lifesaving.

Blood is needed for several purposes: for people who have been in a car accident and suffered massive blood loss, for patients undergoing bone marrow or other organ transplants, for cancer patients or for severe burn victims undergoing treatment, to name a few.
 
Nearly one in five hospital admissions is blood dependent; that is, one in five patients admitted to a hospital will need a blood transfusion to support his or her medical therapy.
 
Between 50 and 60 percent of the United States population is eligible to give blood. However, collection numbers show that only about 5 percent do. Increased reasons for deferrals mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and an aging donor population have caused the donor base to shrink. At the same time, advances in medicine have increased the demand for blood.

Fact:
4 million lives are saved each year thanks to lifesaving blood transfusions.
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