Fun Facts About Blood

 

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  • 8 percent of your body weight is blood
  • coconut water can be used in emergencies as a substitute for blood plasma
  • pregnant women have 50% more blood by week 20 of pregnancy than they did before they conceived
  • one pint of blood donated can save up to 3 lives
  • someone in the U.S. needs blood every 2 seconds
  • a newborn baby has about 1 cup of blood in his body
  • it would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood
  • there are 100,00 miles of blood vessels in an adult human body
  • a red blood cell can make a complete circuit of your body in 30 seconds
  • our bodies contain 0.2 milligrams of gold, most of it in our blood
  • mosquitoes prefer blood type “O” to any other
  • white blood cells make up about 1% of your blood
  • about 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed everyday in the U.S.
  • nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
  • the average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints
  • the blood type most requested by hospitals is type “O”
  • a single car accident victim can require as much as 100 pints of blood
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