Amazing Facts about blood
- Two million red blood cells die every second.
- Blood accounts to seven percent of body weight.
- Kidneys pump 400 gallons of recycled blood each day.
- By donating one pint of blood,four lives can be saved.
- The average life span of a single red blood cell is 120 days.
- Women have approximately 4.5 liters of blood in their bodies and men have 5.6 liters.
- If we could stretch out all blood vessels in human body,they would be about 60,000 miles long.That’s enough to go around the world twice.
- Blood is such a good stain that Native Americans used it for paint.
- Half your body’s red blood cells are replaced every seven days.
- About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.
- Blood centers often run short of types O and B red blood cells.
- If all blood donors gave three times a year, blood shortages would be a rare event.
- Thirteen tests (11 for infectious diseases) are performed on each unit of donated blood.
- Frozen plasma can be stored for one year.
- Donated red blood cells can be stored for 42 days.
Watch the video below to know about the components of blood and importance of them.
For more information on blood and its disorders, visit ASH’s patient resources webpage http://hematology.org/Patients/.