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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.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a proud history of innovative and exciting research and development. Such ingenuity is essential for ensuring the Blood Service provides a safe and high quality service to the community.
The aim of Research and Development (R&D) is to conduct world class research that will inform the Blood Service's core activities. R&D at the Blood Service is underpinned by a robust business plan and focuses on building relationships with current and future donors; maintaining the safety and quality of blood products; enhancing knowledge of transfusion; and improving practice. A strong emphasis is placed on translational research that could ultimately lead to improved operational procedures or changes in clinical practice.
To achieve these aims, the research team:
- maintains a balanced national research program
- focuses on high quality collaborative projects, and
- strengthens the current and future integrity of the Blood Service through the implementation of progressive, scientific processes and technological innovations.