BLOOD SIM­PLE

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Health -

Trans­fu­sions still on the rise

About 430,000 Aus­tralians re­ceived some form of blood or blood prod­uct dur­ing 2005-06.

About 70 per cent re­ceived red cell trans­fu­sions.

An av­er­age re­cip­i­ent of a red cell trans­fu­sion re­ceives be­tween 2.2 to 3.7 units of blood, which equates to be­tween 2-4 do­na­tions.

The de­mand for blood is in­creas­ing at a rate of 8-10 per cent per year.

To­tal de­mand for blood and blood prod­ucts is pro­jected to in­crease by 123 per cent over the next decade.

By 2016, Aus­tralia is likely to need about 2 mil­lion do­na­tions each year.

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