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Australian Red Cross Blood Service

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.

Such important work is only possible through the incredible donations of over half a million unpaid voluntary donors.

Saving lives through the power of humanity

The Blood Service is a division of the Australian Red Cross, so we’re part of the international Red Cross and Red Crescent community – the world’s oldest humanitarian organisation – and we subscribe fully to its humanitarian principles.

Vision

To improve the lives of patients through the power of humanity.

Mission

To perform a critical role in healthcare by providing a safe, secure and cost effective supply of quality blood products, essential services and leading edge research to meet the needs of patients.

Our online resources are provided for both donors and non-donors to allow people to make an informed decision on their choice to become a voluntary blood donor in Australia. This includes but is not limited to, eligibility criteria and the selection of blood donors, collection type relevance to blood group, special donor panels, the process involved with donating blood and the beneficiaries of such products. The Blood Service also uses this platform to share current news and research projects and the inclusion of the Corporate Social Responsibility program, Red25.

To find out more about becoming a blood donor, call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.

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Last reviewed: September 2016

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Caring for donors | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Donors are the lifeblood of our organisation. We collect around25,000 donations every week to meet the constant demand for life-saving products, and our only source is volunteer donors. To make sure our donors keep coming back, researchers at the Blood Service investigate ways to improve the donation experience and keep our donors happy and healthy. Australian Red Cross Blood Service - Call 13 14 95 today to donate blood and save three lives

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Cancer | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Cancer can result in the need for a transfusion for a number of reasons including surgery, side effects of chemotherapy and as a result of the cancer itself.

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Red Cell | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Red cell transfusion may be required if you have a low haemoglobin or red cell count (anaemia).Red cells carry oxygen needed by all cells in your body.

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Avoid a transfusion | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Sometimes the best transfusion is the one you don't get. Read more about the ways you can reduce your chance of needing a transfusion.

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Having a transfusion | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Find out what questions to ask your doctor about transfusion,what will happen on the day and what to expect afterwards.

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Pregnancy & childbirth | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

There are several situations that may occur during or immediately after pregnancy andrequire treatment with blood products including anaemia, bleeding, prevention of haemolytic disease of the newborn and immune platelet disorders.

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Anaemia | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Anaemia is a medical term for low red blood cell count or haemoglobin and oftenresults in a lack of oxygen to the cells. Anaemia can be caused by manymedical conditions. Transfusion of red cells may be required if anaemia becomes severe.

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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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Bleeding disorder | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Bleeding disorders are a group of conditions where blood cannot clot properly. Transfusion of platelets or plasma products may be required to assist with clotting. Red cells may also be required if blood loss is severe.

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Plasma | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Fresh frozen plasma (FFP) also known as plasma, is the blood component made once all the blood cells are removed from whole blood. It is used to replace missing or low levels of blood proteins in a range of medical and surgical situations.

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