October 7, 2015

Of all today’s common surgeries, few require more blood transfusions than liver transplants. Even with changes in procedures in recent years, transplant recipients can use between 10 and 100 units of blood and blood products.

According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the United States, which sometimes can strain local supplies.

As a result, the American Liver Foundation has designated October as Liver Awareness Month, promoting education about liver disease and transplants, organ donation, and blood donations in support of transplant patients.