Let blood flow this week
THINKING about giving blood?
This week is your chance, with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service donation bus in town until Thursday, January 24.
One donation of blood can save up to three lives and just takes one hour.
Donors filed through the door of the bus at Leongatha Memorial Hospital last week, each giving 500ml of blood.
There were more than 80 appointments still available by the middle of last week, with most of those vacancies available this week.
Kellie Simpson of Leongatha South was keen to maintain her tradition of donating.
“I thought I was fit and healthy and it was a way to help somebody. It thought I could do this because I have plenty of blood,” she said.
To donate, ring the service and receive an appointment time. On arrival, you will be asked questions by a nurse who will take a blood sample to ensure your iron levels are adequate and measure your blood pressure.
Your nurse will take you to a reclining seat to relax.
A needle is inserted into a vein within the inside of your elbow and after about 10 minutes, your donation is complete.
Help yourself to a cool drink and food to rehydrate and rejuvenate your sugar levels, wait 15 minutes and then you are free to go.
People concerned about needles need not worry as only a prick is felt. Nurses take great care to minimise discomfort.
Red Cross community liaison officer Stacey Whitelaw said every donation makes a difference to another person.
“Currently, Australia needs 27,000 donations per week to meet the demand for blood products across the nation, and this demand is expected to double over the next 10 years,” she said.
Each donation is separated into three life saving products.
Red cells are used to treat cancer patients, people with blood disorders, burns and surgical patients, as well as pregnant women, new mothers and newborn babies, among many others.
Plasma, the liquid part of the blood, is used to treat bleeding patients, and people with immune disorders, as well as in the prevention of some complications of pregnancy. There are 17 uses for plasma.
The final product derived from the blood is platelets, which are vital to the clotting process of blood, and are most often used to treat patients with leukaemia and other cancers.
To book, phone Red Cross on 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au
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