Did you know....
- The practice of taking blood is called phlebotomy, a term from Medieval Europe and Greece meaning "blood letting"?
- That donating 1 pint of blood can save up to 3 lives? The Red Cross and local blood banks collect blood from donors year round to use the whole blood, platelets, and dissolved proteins to treat a broad range of illnesses and injuries.
- That an average adult human contains approximately 10 pints of blood, making up roughly 7% of our body weight?
- Blood cells comprise less than half of the blood volume, and most of the other 55 percent is water? This is why staying hydrated is so important!
Get more facts about blood from America's Blood Centers.