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- Australia has one of the safest blood supply systems in the world.
- You can donate whole blood every 12 weeks.
- O negative blood is universal and can be given to anyone.
- Plasma and platelet donations can be made every 2 weeks.
- Every whole blood donation can save 3 lives.
- 1 in 3 people will need blood. Only 1 in 30 gives blood.
- Australia needs over 27,000 blood donations every week.
- 470mL of blood is collected when you give whole blood.
- Within 24-48 hours of giving blood, your blood volume is completely restored.
- Giving blood only takes about an hour.
- Plasma donations can be used to make 18 different products.
- Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days.
- 34% of donated blood goes towards helping cancer patients.
- You can start giving blood at 16.
- The blood service has been collecting blood for over 80 years.
- You can donate double platelets – helping twice as many people.
- Platelets have a shelf life of only 5 days.
What is anti-D?
Anti-D is a plasma product produced from the blood of selected Rh (D) negative donors. The product is given to pregnant women who are Rh (D) negative to prevent their babies from developing Haemolytic Disease of the Newborn, or HDN.
Who needs anti-D?
On average, approximately 17% of mothers in Australia will need anti-D injections during each of their pregnancies and after the birth of an Rh (D) positive baby.
How is anti-D made?
Anti-D can only be produced from the blood of a select group of donors. These donors all have the Rh (D) negative blood type but they also have an antibody called anti-D. Very few people, and even fewer donors, have anti-D, so we rely heavily on these donors for this important product.
The Anti-D program
To maximise the supply of anti-D to meet demand, we have established a special program called the Anti-D program. In this program, we boost the anti-D levels of donors who already have anti-D. In addition, we can stimulate development of anti-D in specially selected donors who initially do not have it. This means that if you are a male or a female past child-bearing years, you may be eligible to join our Anti-D program.
How can I help?
Currently the number of anti-D blood donors in Australia is only just sufficient. It is necessary to constantly maintain the number of donors and to ensure we can cater for increases in demand. Therefore, we are constantly in need of more donors to ensure that we can continue to meet the future needs of Rh (D) negative mothers and their babies.
To find out about becoming an anti-D donor, please speak to one of our coordinators:
20 Elizabeth Street, SYDNEY, NSW 2000
Tel: 02 9235 6813 or 02 9235 6822
290 Wellington Street, PERTH, WA 6000
Tel: 08 9421 2364
301 Pirie Street, ADELAIDE, SA 5000
Tel: 08 8112 1358
288 Edward Street, BRISBANE, QLD 4000
Tel: 07 3309 4925
51-65 Clarke Street, SOUTHBANK, VIC 3006
Tel: 03 8866 2016
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