How much blood do hospitals need in a day?
What is a primary reason someone needs blood?

How much blood do hospitals need in a day?

Diane Lee

Donor Resources Representative
Miller-Keystone Blood Center

What is a primary reason someone needs blood?

Everitt F. Binns, Ph.D.

Director, EMS/Transport Grand View Health

Let’s save
a life.

You don‘t have to be a doctor to save a life, you can do so by donating blood for those in need.

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Does blood expire?

Red Blood Cells have a shelf life of 42 days. Platelets have a shelf life of 5 days. Hence the continual need. Plasma, which is frozen within 24 hours after donation, expires after one year.

Why is it important to donate with Miller-Keystone Blood Center?

When you donate with Miller-Keystone your blood stays local to save a life at one of the 22 regional hospitals we supply.

How long will my donation take?

The average donation time for whole blood is about 5 to 8 minutes but the entire process takes about 45 to 60 minutes from registration to mini physical to enjoying snacks and refreshments.

What if I’m afraid of needles?

You are not alone. Many people have this fear but find that they can still donate blood. Let our trained staff know your fear, they are there to help. You will only feel a slight pinch, which pales in comparison to saving a life.

How much blood is taken?

A unit (about one pint) of blood is drawn. The average person has between 8 and 12 pints of blood in their body.

Why should I give blood?

There is currently no substitute for blood, it only comes from volunteer blood donors like you. In a medical emergency, the availability of blood is often the most important factor in saving a life.


Give Pints of Hope This November

November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Blood transfusions donated by volunteer blood donors can help replace red cells, platelets, and plasma in both premature infants and their mothers.

Our community’s inventory of AB blood & plasma is nearly exhausted, meaning patients in your hospital are at risk of not having the one thing they need to survive. By saying YES now you can help give patients another holiday.  Donate now thru Tues 12/12 & receive DOUBLE BONUS POINTS towards your LifeSaver Rewards. To schedule your donation, call 800-B-A-DONOR or visit

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