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VIDEO: No Summer Break for Blood Donors

August 06, 2012 By Tom Niemisto, Video Production Specialist

Since blood, plasma, and platelets have a limited shelf life, demand stays constant. Donations, however, tend to drop in the summer months and around the holidays. Unlike other parts of health care, a community's blood supply depends largely on donations.

Approximately 7% of the Minnesotans donate blood on a regular basis, which is higher than the 5% national average. Here's a look at some of the people who keep the blood flowing.


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