TIME: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
WHERE: ISU Pocatello Library 1st Floor Student Lounge
SIGN UP: Stop by the Library and sign-up at the Circulation Desk, or Call 282-3248
Fast Facts about donors
- The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they “want to help others.”
- Two most common reasons cited by people who don’t give blood are: “Never thought about it” and “I don’t like needles.”
- Half of Red Cross donors male, and half are female.
- The Red Cross only accepts blood donations from volunteer donors.
- Among Red Cross donors in a given year, 24 percent donate occasionally, 26 percent are first-time donors, and 50 percent are regular, loyal donors.
- Only 7 percent of people in the U.S. have type O negative blood. Type O negative donors are universal red cell donors as their blood can be given to people of all blood types.
- Type O negative blood is needed in emergencies before the patient’s blood type is known and with newborns who need blood.
- Forty-eight percent of people in the U.S. have type O (positive or negative) blood. This percentage is higher among Hispanics – 57 percent, and among African Americans – 51 percent.
- Only 3 percent of people in the U.S. have AB positive blood type. AB positive type blood donors are universal donors of plasma, which is often used in emergencies, for newborns and for patients requiring massive transfusions.