Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. Much of the blood that is transfused every year is done under emergency or trauma situations. In Canada, hundreds of thousands of people each year receive blood components or blood products following accidents, during surgery or for cancer treatments, burn therapy, hemophilia and other blood-related diseases.
- The average amount of blood in one person is five litres or 10.5 pints
- There are approximately 450 ml of blood in a unit
- On average, 4.6 units of blood are required per patient
- In 2004/2005 Canadian Blood Services collected approximately 850,000 units of whole blood
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