29 08, 2017

What is blood?

2020-05-06T17:48:00-05:00August 29th, 2017||

Blood is a living tissue composed of blood cells suspended in plasma. The cellular elements, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets – make up about 45% of the volume of whole blood. Plasma, which is 92% water, makes up the remaining 55%.

29 08, 2017

What does blood do?

2020-05-06T17:48:14-05:00August 29th, 2017||

The average adult has 8 – 12 pints of blood traveling all over his or her body through the heart, lungs, arteries, veins and capillaries. Blood is an essential part of our bodies that transports oxygen, nutrients, and metabolic waste. In addition to all that, blood performs these functions: Replenishes oxygen [...]

29 08, 2017

How is blood used?

2020-05-06T17:48:25-05:00August 29th, 2017||

Blood and its components have many uses. Hospitals stock some of the more common blood components used in emergencies, but usually blood products are not ordered until they are needed. They are kept at the Rock River Valley Blood Center until a hospital orders them. Red cells can be used for [...]

29 08, 2017

30 Fascinating Blood Facts

2020-05-06T17:48:58-05:00August 29th, 2017||

01. Anyone in good health, at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with parental consent – click here for consent form), and at least 110 pounds may donate whole blood every 56 days. 02. 4.5 million American lives are saved each year by blood transfusions. 03. 40,000 pints of [...]