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130 Post author: Yvain 24 December 2010 09:26PM

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Comment author: wedrifid 25 December 2010 03:29:03AM *  2 points [-]

The Red Cross claims that 1 pint saves "up to 3 lives". I'm not sure what to make of that, given that it's an upper bound and presented by a non-partial source.

I presume it means that the first pint of blood donated, if allocated with efficient triage, could save three lives. At the margin I assume the figure is a small fraction of a life per pint donate.

Comment author: soreff 25 December 2010 03:40:40AM 0 points [-]

Thanks to both of you. Yes, what I'm curious about is essentially the figure at the margin,