The Patient’s Guide to Transfusions
A tri-fold brochure prepared by the California Department of Health Services in partnership with the Medical Technical Advisory Committee of the Blood Centers of California. This brochure provides consumers with available options for blood transfusions (Paul Gann Blood Safety Act, H&S § 1645). The Medical Board of California provides this publication in bulk. There is no charge for this brochure. Requests can be faxed to (916) 263-2479 and copies are available in bundles of 50.
One pint of whole blood weighs approximately one pound.
Blood is comprised of red cells, plasma and platelets
We can usually get up to four components from one pint of whole blood – red blood cells, plasma, platelets, and cryoprecipitate anti-hemophilic factor (AHF).
Blood Centers prepare and transfuse blood components for life-saving transfusions:
- Red blood cells
- Platelets and
- Cryoprecipitate anti-hemophilic factor (AHF)
Frozen plasma components can be stored for up to one year
Someone needs a blood transfusion every three seconds which means approximately 38,000 units of blood are used daily in the US
America’s Blood Centers’ members subscribe to a community-based blood banking philosophy. That means community donors know that the blood they give stays in that community first – helping family members, friends and neighbors. Any excess supply is shared with other communities who need it most.
California Blood Bank Society supports health care professionals involved in Transfusion Medicine.