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Blood Donation Matters

Blood Donors Save Lives

Each year, thousands of people in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota give selflessly of themselves by making a blood donation with LifeServe Blood Center. Through this simple act, donors create the vital link between life-giving blood and the hospital patient who needs it.

Every two seconds, someone, somewhere needs blood. The rarest type is the one not on the shelf when a patient needs it. At LifeServe Blood Center, we strive to help these people every day; therefore we need donors every day. We need neighbors helping neighbors and people who want to make an impact on a local level.

Did you know?

  • Only 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10 percent donate annually.
  • There is no substitute for human blood.
  • You cannot get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood.
  • Healthy adults who are 16 years old and weigh at least 120 pounds may donate one pint of whole blood – the most common form of donation – every 56 days.
  • One unit of whole blood is roughly the equivalent of one pint.
  • About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.
  • Females receive 53 percent of blood transfusions; males receive 47 percent.
  • One unit of blood can be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma, platelets.
  • Fourteen lab tests (11 for infectious diseases) are performed on each unit of donated blood.

More than 3,000 units of blood are needed each week to maintain an adequate blood supply in our community and to meet rising transfusion demands across the country. In fact, nine out of ten people who live to age 70 will use blood during their lifetime. New, first time donors, as well as established donors, are needed to expand and sustain the donor base.