why do you need to donate blood

Why should I donate blood? Q: Why should I donate blood? A: Safe blood saves lives and improves health. Blood transfusion is needed for:
women with complications of pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancies and haemorrhage before, during or after childbirth; many complex medical and surgical procedures and cancer patients. It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as thalassaemia and sickle cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with haemophilia. There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use.


Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed. Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components red cells, platelets and plasma which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions. Give blood Donating Am I eligible? When can I donate?


Donating after Travelling Deferrals Changes to the behavioural donor eligibility criteria First time donors eligibility criteria Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) Detailed eligibility criteria Why should I donate blood? Who needs blood? Where does the blood go? Facts about blood donations in New Zealand The donation process Before you donate blood What to expect Tips for improving your blood donation experience Donor health questionnaire Donor Refreshments Why the questions, and leaflets to read, are important each time you donate. Personal Identification required for Blood Donations Different ways to donate Plasma and Platelet Donations Plasma Donations Platelet donations Allogeneic donation (whole blood donation) Paediatric Donors Autologous Donations Directed donations Information leaflets for donors Information videos for donors Make an appointment to donate Appointments - Why should I make them?


Appointments - FAQ Where to Donate Donating Plasma About Blood Volunteer Tikanga - He tapu kia hoatu toto? Donating Bone Marrow Hip Bone Donations World Blood Donor Day Videos Resources and links Smartphone App Sharing for Lives

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