Blood donors are wanted
WHAT an amazing achievement by Jill Lawn regarding her 43 years of volunteering for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (see page 2).
Given the nature of what the service does to help save lives every day, her work along with that of donors is extremely commendable.
Blood donations are very important and if you are eligible to become a donor you should strongly consider it.
It is times such as the approaching holiday period that the service is in great need of blood.
Every blood donation can help save three lives and there are 22 blood products that help treat thousands of people.
Some 34 per cent of donated blood is used to treat cancer and blood diseases, 19 per cent other causes of anaemia, 18 per cent - surgical patients including open heart surgery and burns, 13 per cent - other medical problems including heart, stomach and kidney disease, 10 per cent - orthopaedic patients including fractures and joint replacements, 4 per cent - obstetrics, including new mothers and young children, and 2 per cent - trauma and road accident victims.
Plasma donors are also required and you can donate if you are aged between 18-70 years, weigh 50kg or more, are healthy, and not suffering from a cold, flu or other illness, have plenty of liquid in the 24 hours before donation, have suitable veins and haemoglobin levels for donating plasma (a nurse will assess this at your first donation), and meet the eligibility requirements covered by the Donor Questionnaire.
To find out more about how you can help save lives by donating blood or plasma call the Australian Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95.