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Over 40 verified statistics from published research.

Designed for blood centers, media, and anyone who is generally interested in the current state of blood donations and utilization, this Guide is the first of its kind designed to provide the latest look at America’s blood supply and its donors. It uses data curated from published research, credible public sources, and input from industry experts. We encourage readers to use the editable social media graphics contained in this Guide that highlight the 13 of the most widely used statistics.

This guide will be updated annually to reflect the latest statistics.  

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) and ADRP, an International Division of ABC, thank the following groups for their support and involvement in developing this Guide: ADRP Public Awareness Committee, and the ABC Scientific, Medical, and Technical Committee.

Most Widely Used Statistics

  • One donation can help two or more patients in need. Each donation can be separated into more than one blood product including but not limited to red blood cells, plasma, and platelets.
  • Approximately three percent of the U.S. population donates blood each year.
  • A blood transfusion occurs in the U.S. every two seconds.
  • More than 15 million RBCs, platelets, and plasma were transfused in 2019, averaging nearly 42,000 blood components used by patients daily.
  • Patient Populations and Blood Transfusion
    • More than a quarter of the U.S. blood supply is used by patients battling cancer
    • Transfusions are needed in the U.S. in 1 out of every 83 deliveries
    • Pediatric patients in the U.S. used 652,00 blood components
    • About 1 in 13 African-American babies are born with sickle cell trait (SCT)
    • One in three African American blood donors are a match for a sickle cell patient

          customizable resources

          A set of complementary graphics and a video of the most widely-used statistics have been created and can be downloaded from the ADRP Google Drive. You may customize the graphics with your blood center's logo.  There are additional instructions on how to utilize the video below for your center. If you are unable to access it, please reach out to ADRP to receive the suite of graphics. 



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