Blood Fun Facts

Did you know?

  • There are 150 Billion red blood cells in one ounce of blood.
  • There are 2.4 Trillion red blood cells in one pint of blood.
  • The human body manufactures 17 million red blood cells per second. If stress precipitates a need the body can produce up to 7 times that amount. (That’s up to 119 million red blood cells per second.)
  • A red blood cell is around 7 microns in size. (A micron is one millionth of a meter).
  • It only takes 20 to 60 seconds for a drop of blood to travel from the heart, through your body, and back to the heart again.
  • Cows have 800 (and possibly more) blood types.
  • The most common blood type in the United States  is O Positive (39% of the population),   while the least common blood type is AB negative with only (0.5% of the population).
  • Patients in the United States use approximately 32,000 pints of blood every day.
  • All blood isn’t red. Crabs have blue blood. Earthworms and leeches have green blood. Many invertebrates, such as starfish, have clear or yellowish blood.
  • Every 5 minutes, an Ozarks area hospital patient receives a blood transfusion supplied by a CBCO donor.
    • If you would like to help area patients by donating blood, find a CBCO blood drive near you by clicking here. Or visit one of our 5 area donor centers.