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- About blood
- 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 17 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 donation type should you make?
Several kinds of blood donation are needed to keep the blood supply strong.
Whole blood donations, as well as plasma and platelet donations are used to make different blood products, which help unborn babies, burns victims and people with cancer, leukaemia and other serious illnesses.
- Your blood type helps determine which type of donation is the best use of your blood.
- Please note that if you want to make a plasma or platelet donation you will need to have given at least one successful whole blood donation in the past 2 years.
- If you don't know your blood type book an appointment to donate whole blood. After you’ve donated and your blood has been tested, you’ll receive a donor card with your blood group on it.