Blood Donor Program

This group is for people interested in blood donation. Every six minutes, a patient at Mayo Clinic needs a transfusion of blood or blood products. A simple blood donation can save the life of a child with leukemia, restore the strength of a cancer patient, or provide a critical transfusion to an accident victim. There is no substitute for this lifesaving gift, so patients rely upon the caring spirit of blood donors. Join the discussion and learn more about blood donation!

May 31, 2018

So We're a Little Late . . . Let's Take a Look back at 2017

By Katy Maeder, @katymaeder

The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center had a great year in 2017,  filled with many changes and growth. Looking back on 2017, we decided to put together a fun graphic with some Blood Donor Program statistics. Take a look at some demographics of our donors at the Blood Donor Center as well as some Olmsted County demographics.

Final Demographic blog

We are so thankful for all of our dedicated donors who visit the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center. One statistic that stands out is the number of new donors we had in 2017. We added a total of 1,347 new donors to our blood donor family, a 46% increase from 2016.

Comparing our statistics with the 2010 Census of the Olmsted County Community, we found that our diversity is similar, which makes sense. In speaking with our medical director at the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center, he explained why it is so important to have a diverse donor pool.

“There is a need for blood from minority populations,” says Justin Kreuter, M.D., Medical Director of the Blood Donor Program. “For medical reasons, it’s important to have diversity represented in our donor center because we have a very international patient population.”

Our goal for 2018 is to grow our donor population and add more people to our blood donor family at Mayo Clinic.

Do our demographics surprise you? Comment below with your thoughts.

To read more stories like this, visit the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program's Blog Page.

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