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Why is blood needed?

Blood helps keep the body healthy. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body, and takes carbon dioxide and other waste products to the lungs, kidneys, and liver for disposal. It fights infections and helps heal wounds. It is needed to sustain the lives of people whose blood functions have been impaired by injury or illness.

What are the components of blood and their use?

The primary components of whole blood are red blood cells, platelets, plasma and white cells. Red cells carry oxygen to tissues. Platelets help prevent bleeding. Plasma, the liquid portion of blood, carries a variety of proteins, some of which are essential in helping to clot. White blood cells help to fight infections.

What is done with donated blood?

Each donated unit of whole blood can be separated into multiple components, and each component can be transfused to different individuals based on their needs. Therefore, each donation can be used to help save as many as three lives.

© 2006. American Red Cross. Connecticut Blood Services Center.