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Blood transfusion

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Every week, Australia needs 27,000 donations from volunteers to ensure there is an adequate supply of blood and blood products for those who need it. People who give blood may feel light-headed and nauseous – Red Cross Blood Service donation centres keep a close eye on donors after their donation to reduce the risk of more serious side effects. People need to have donated blood and blood products for many different reasons – after surgery, after accidents, after giving birth and more. A few need donations regularly for genetic conditions like haemophilia. Some people who received donated blood have a fever, while a very small number get infections. About 1 in 3 Australians will need a blood transfusion at some time in their lives. Follow the links below to find trusted information about blood transfusion.

Last reviewed: August 2014

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Blood donation (giving blood) information on video | myVMC

Blood donation or plasma donation, that is giving blood to a blood bank, is a simple procedure that enables blood transfusions and can save lives.

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Blood Transfusion | myVMC

Medical centre information for blood donation and health of blood transfusion rhesus factor blood group information Australia

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Donating blood | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

The Blood Service collects blood from voluntary, non-remunerated donors at both fixed and mobile collection centres across Australia to ensure our blood supplies can meet the needs of patients who require blood transfusions.

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Developing artificial blood substitutes video | myVMC

Developing artificial blood substitutes could enable more blood transfusions and relieve pressure on blood donors. However; they cannot yet be produced.

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Blood transfusion | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

What is a blood transfusion? A blood transfusion is a way of giving a small amount of one persons blood to another person who needs it

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Blood donation | myVMC

Blood is a bodily fluid which is circulated around the body via small vessels. Blood contains nutrients and oxygen which are needed to maintain healthy tissues. Blood has a number of components, including red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets.

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Patient blood management consent

Patient blood management (PBM) is a recent standard of care in medicine and surgery

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Can people who have had cancer still donate blood? :: Transfusion resources

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is a division of the Australian Red Cross. Funded by the federal, state and territory governments of Australia to supply the community with safe, high quality blood and blood products, as well as organ and bone marrow services for transplantation.

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Blood typing - ABO blood groups and Rh types

Classifying blood types is particularly important when it comes to blood transfusions. The most common systems used for classifying blood are the ABO blood group system and the Rhesus (Rh) type system.

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Ross River virus in at-risk Australian blood donors: implications for blood supply safety | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

What was the question?We wanted to find out whether any of our donors in at risk areas were infected with the Ross River virus (RRV) during peak seasons for transmission of the disease. This information will be used to assess the risk of transmitting RRV through blood transfusion, and help us decide whether we need additional controls to keep the blood supply safe.Why is it important? Australian Red Cross Blood Service - Call 13 14 95 today to donate blood and save three lives

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