Needing Blood

Needing Blood

Many of us will require a blood transfusion at some point in our lives. To meet patients' needs for blood and blood components, the Community Blood Center provides nearly 200,000 blood products to over 60 area hospitals and relies on close to 600 volunteer donors each day.

Major Reasons Patients Need Blood

  • Cancer
  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Disease of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Emergencies such as car accidents and burns


Automobile Accident
50 units of blood

Heart Surgery
6 units of blood
6 units of platelets

Organ Transplant
40 units of blood
30 units of platelets
20 bags of cryoprecipitate
25 units of fresh frozen plasma

Bone Marrow Transplant
120 units of platelets
20 units of blood

20 units of plasma

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