A Precious Gift: The Power of Donating Blood

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The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center collects about 60 units of blood from donors on a daily basis, but if someone comes in with a severe injury, they can use up a lot of the supply. Blood transfusions are the number one procedure done in hospitalized patients today and the blood donated at the Mayo Clinic stays local, supplying 70 percent of the blood used at the facility.

A video recently published on Fox 47 features blood transfusions at Mayo Clinic, highlighting a trauma patient requiring a blood transfusion and a surgery patient needing a blood transfusion after losing a lot of blood.

According to Justin Kreuter, M.D., Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Director, "There's no substitute for blood. There's no substitute available in the U.S. for red cells, platelets, or plasma. We can't manufacture these things."

Kelley Luedke

Kelley Luedke

Kelley Luedke is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She is the principle editor and writer of Insights and leads social media and direct marketing strategy. Kelley has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2013. Outside of work, you can find Kelley running, traveling, playing with her kitty, and exploring new foods.