World Blood Donor
Day 2014: Safe blood
for saving mothers
According to the World Health Organization, 800 women die every day from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications. Severe bleeding is the cause of 34% of maternal deaths in Africa, 31% in Asia and 21% in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Because of these statistics, the theme for 2014's World Blood Donor Day is "Safe blood for saving mothers."
Held on June 14 each year, the date marks the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, who helped make modern blood transfusions possible.
One blood donation can save the lives of up to three people, and the donation process only takes eight to 10 minutes, according to the American Red Cross.
HOW MANY PINTS
The average adult has about 10 pints of blood.
=5 quarts of orange juice
A newborn has one cup or about 0.5 pints of blood.
Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation .
The average red blood transfusion requires approximately 3 pints of blood .
A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
=12.5 gallons of milk
Although an estimated 38% of the US population is eligible to donate ,less than 10%actually do each year .
The number of blood donations collected in the US in a year.
The average number of blood donations needed every day to meet the needs of everyday accident victims ,cancer patients and children with blood disorders .
The average number of blood donations needed in the US each year .
One donation can save the lives of up to three people .
The American Red Cross supplies about 40%of the nation's blood supply.The rest is supplied by independent blood banks that belongs to America's Blood Centers.
pint is a unit of liquid equal to one -eighth of a gallon or 0.565litre in Britain.,0.473litre in US.
Quart is a liquid measure equal to a quarter of a gallon ;2 pints .