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Blood transfusion

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 | 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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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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Blood transfusions - myDr.com.au

Find out about blood transfusions and their safeguards.

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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 | The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

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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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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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Blood groups - Better Health Channel

A person's blood group is determined by a pair of genes, one each inherited from their mother and father.

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Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia | myVMC

Waldenstroms Macroglobulinemia is a cancer of the B lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) which causes overproduction of monoclonal macroglobulin (IgMantibody)

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