2WTK: Holiday Blood Drive Facts, Figures & Faces

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GREENSBORO, NC -- 2 Wants To Know strives to put issues, situations and problems in perspective.

The WFMY News 2 Holiday Blood drive is no different. This is the 49th year we have partnered with the Greensboro Red Cross to provide our community with the opportunity to help their neighbors.

Every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Think of the people in your life that have had surgeries.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: 1-5 units                                

Other Open Heart Surgeries: up to 50 units

Organ Transplants:  hundreds of units

A unit is what most people donate. One unit is about one pint. One pint can save three lives.

Did you know? There are 10 pints of blood in the average adult body. A newborn baby has about one cup of blood.

Can't get to the blood drive? We have other opportunities for you! call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment in your area and on your timetable.


What happens AFTER you give blood?

The units are put on ice and transported to a Red Cross Center.
There they're separated into red cells, platelets and plasma and put back in cold storage.

Before the blood can be sent to a hospital, blood from each unit is put in test tubes and sent it to a Red Cross Testing lab.
There are only five in the country and one is in Charlotte.

WFMY News 2 got a tour of the facility years ago. The facility will test those tubes to make sure they're not contaminated with infectious diseases.

The results take about 24 hours.
If its safe, blood safe for patient use is labeled and stored until a hospital needs it. Blood can be shipped 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Red Cells are stored in refrigerators at for up to 42 days.
Platelets are stored at room temperature for up to five days.




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