En­gage plasma drive

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

THE Edge­wa­ter Blood Donor Cen­tre needs 700 peo­ple to donate plasma in the next month.

And in a bid to break a record, it hopes to get at least 100 of those 700 ap­point­ments in one day.

Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice spokes­woman Jes­sica Wil­let said the cen­tre would host a plasma drive on Tues­day, Novem­ber 20.

“The cur­rent record for most plasma do­na­tions col­lected at a donor cen­tre in one day in WA is held by Perth CBD Donor Cen­tre, with 99 plasma do­na­tions,” she said.

“So 100-plus do­na­tions would see Edge­wa­ter take the record.”

She said with plasma be­ing used in 18 dif­fer­ent ways – in­clud­ing treat­ing peo­ple suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous burns or can­cer, pro­tect­ing peo­ple with brain or blood dis­or­ders, and pro­tect­ing chil­dren against chicken pox – the de­mand for this com­po­nent of blood grew rapidly ev­ery year.

She said do­nat­ing plasma was sim­ple and a lot like giv­ing blood.

“Just sit back and re­lax on a comfy couch for 45 min­utes while you donate,” she said. “The whole ap­point­ment takes 1.5 hours and you can donate as of­ten as ev­ery two weeks.”

She said con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ments in the de­tec­tion of some health con­di­tions, an age­ing pop­u­la­tion and the high stan­dard of care in Aus­tralia were thought to be be­hind Aus­tralia’s rapid growth in plasma de­mand.

To donate, call 13 14 95 or visit www.do­nate­blood.com.au.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487765

Donor ser­vices nurs­ing sis­ter Kellyanne Robin­son with Keri Gotty, of Wood­vale.

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