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What happens to donated blood

You sit down for an hour, donate a pint of blood. But then what?

“We’re heading to individual that into the different components of blood.”

Justin D. Kreuter, M.D., is the director of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor System. He suggests blood donations help substantially-desired individual treatment.

“Most likely, your blood would be used for a professional medical individual who’s struggling a disorder or it could be used for a individual which is obtaining operation.”

Dr. Kreuter suggests donated blood is divided into pink blood cells, platelets and plasma, and every has different storage requires.

“We can maintain the pink blood cells for forty two days. For platelets, we can maintain them for 5 days. For plasma, we can maintain it for a entire 12 months.”

And for these good reasons obtaining a supportive blood donor community is significant for individual treatment.

“Every single time that you donate, which is heading to be relieving struggling or enabling some professional medical-surgical remedy to occur, and I consider which is the thing we have to recall.”

For the Mayo Clinic Information Network, I’m Ian Roth.