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Updated Blood Collection and Transfusion Statistics Now Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 26, 2011

Contact: HHS OASH Press Office
202-205-0143/ashmedia@hhs.gov

Newly released national blood collection and utilization survey reports a nearly 7 percent increase in overall donations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced results from a national survey to assess blood collection and utilization activities in the United States.  Most encouraging is that nearly 17.3 million units of blood were collected in 2008, which represents an overall increase of almost 7 percent since the last national survey, taken two years earlier.  This increase in donations suggests that there may be a blood supply surplus in some locations, but 13.2 percent of hospitals surveyed still reported some challenges to supply.

The 2009 National Blood Collection and Utilization Survey Report (NBCUS) offers a comprehensive analysis of information collected biennially from blood centers and hospitals throughout the United States. “The findings will be used to support policy decisions by the federal government as well as by the medical community that are related to disaster preparedness and other public health issues designed to enhance patient safety and blood donor health,” said Jerry A. Holmberg, PhD, HHS senior advisor for Blood Policy.

The survey provides statistics on the collection and transfusion of blood in 2008, and identifies trends and compares current findings with the previous nationwide surveys conducted since 1998. It also serves as a source of data to monitor the progress made to achieve the Healthy People 2020 Initiative’s blood safety objectives.

Other important findings from the survey include:

  • More than 70 percent of nation’s blood supply is donated by routine donors.
  • Nearly 20 percent of the blood is donated by people aged 16 to 24.
  • In 2008, nearly 24 million units of separated blood products were transfused. (One donation helps more than one patient, since units of blood are separated into additional blood products such as red cells, platelets, plasma, clotting factors and granulocytes.)
  • The average hospital cost of a unit of leukocyte-reduced red blood cells increased by 5.5% to \•23.09 between 2006 and 2008.

The survey was sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The report is available online at: www.hhs.gov/bloodsafety.

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