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Life-Saving Blood Supply

There’s No Substitute for Human Blood

Blood is living tissue that cleans and nourishes the human body while also fighting infections, healing wounds and performing many other vital functions for the human body. It is a fragile substance that cannot be manufactured and can only be stored for a very limited time. There is no substitute for blood. Donors are the only source of blood for patients who need it.

Blood can be separated into various components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Each component serves a different purpose for the human body. Red cells, white cells and platelets, made in the marrow of bones, fight infection, carry oxygen and help control bleeding. Plasma functions as a carrier for blood cells, nutrients, enzymes and hormones throughout the body.

Just one pint of donated blood can help up to three different people. Therefore, LifeServe Blood Center relies on charitable community members to help provide blood to people in need. Giving blood is a safe, simple procedure.

The Unit Facts:

  • Cancer Patients: can use up to 8 units of blood a month.
  • Bone Marrow Transplant: can use up to 2 units a day.
  • Cardiovascular Surgery: can use between 2-25 units.
  • Liver Transplant: can use up to 100 units.
  • Auto/Trauma Accident Patients: can use up to 50 units.