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What happens to your body when you give blood? (infographic)

Oct. 5, 2017

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood donation. First-time donors can sometimes feel nervous about the process, which is why we asked Dr. Kristen Rice, a hematology and oncology doctor affiliated with Sharp Community Medical Group, to share some facts and tips about this lifesaving act.

What happens to your body when you give blood? Donating blood saves lives. But the act of donating blood can be daunting. Will it hurt? Can they take too much? How does the blood come back? We break down the process - and highlight the importance of becoming a donor. Measurements matter. When you donate blood, the tech will take 1 pint - and your body will begin making new blood immediately. 12 - pints of blood in the male body. 10 - pints of blood in the female body. 1 pint of blood taken at donation. Blood's magical makeup. Blood is made up of 4 components, each having a specific job in your body. All 4 can be extracted, but only 3 can be donated. Plasma. Function: Plasma is the

As part of Sharp Lends a Hand, Sharp HealthCare is committed to collecting 1,000 units of blood for the San Diego community in 2018. To support this effort, visit to find a donation center or mobile blood drive near you. Mention Sharp's code SHRP to support the 2018 goal.

For the news media: To talk with Dr. Rice about blood donation for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at .

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