WHY DONATE BLOOD
Saving lives is easy
Blood is precious. Sometimes, it’s the only ‘medicine’ that can help a patient to recover. That is why it is so very important to ensure that safe blood is available for patients when they need it.
Good reasons to donate blood
Every unit of blood donated can be separated into its constituent parts and used to enhance the lives of at least 3 patients.
Unfortunately, there is no known substitute for blood. Only real blood will do.
Giving doesn’t get much better than this. You save lives!
Because the need for blood is so unpredictable, we’re always one day away from running out...
A mere 0.8%of our population donates blood, so more new donors are always needed!
|How donated blood is used||
Donated blood is divided into blood products, which are issued to patients according to their specific needs. The main blood products are red cell concentrates; plateletconcentrates and fresh frozen plasma. That is why, one donation can potentially save three lives!
What are the different blood products used for?
Red blood cells carry oxygen. Red cell concentrates are therefore transfused into patients who have lost a lot of blood or who are unable to produce enough red cells of their own. E.g. Trauma-victims (accidents); surgery patients; those who suffer from severe anaemia; and those whose red blood cells do not function properly.
Platelets assist in controlling bleeding and is primarily used in the treatment of people with various cancers. Diseases such as leukaemia and medical treatments like chemotherapy can decrease a person’s platelet count. If the number of platelets becomes too low, spontaneous bleeding can occur. Even a small amount of bleeding can be dangerous, particularly if it occurs in the brain. Find out more about donating platelets.
Plasma is the most versatile blood component and contains clotting factors that prevent bleeding. It is given to patients with bleeding tendencies, including burn victims and patients with bleeding disorders. It is also used to create immunisations and helps haemophiliacs.
Blood has a short shelf life
All blood products have a short shelf life, creating the need for a constant blood supply.
Interested in donating blood?
|Different types of blood donations||
Regular ‘whole blood donations’
It takes 30 minutes every two months and you can donate at a mobile clinic or donation centre near you.
Your donation will be screened and then divided into blood products, which are created from the pre-existing blood components in your blood and given to patients based on their specific medical needs. With a single donation, potentially 3 lives can be saved.
|FAQ – Why donate blood||
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