Blood donors are wanted

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.

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