Aussie blood goes further

Aussie blood goes further

01 August 2013

Blood donors can be confident their life-saving gift is going further, with new figures, released by the National Blood Authority, showing improvements to clinical practice is leading to better use of blood products.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Shayne Neumann made the announcement today while visiting the Gosford Red Cross Blood Service with Member for Robertson Deb ONeill.

The introduction of the Patient Blood Management Guidelines means Australia is on track to become a world leader in the management and use of blood products, Mr Neumann said.

The Guidelines have led to a reduction in blood use, with red blood cell usage down 4.7 per cent in 2012-13 in contrast to an increase of about five per cent hospital activity.

These results support the success of the Governments strategies to minimise unnecessary transfusions and improve patient outcomes.

Donated blood is separated into several components including red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Although these figures show the demand for red blood cells and platelets has dropped, the need for plasma, which can be made into 17 different products, is still increasing.

To meet this demand for plasma-based treatments it is important that residents on the Central Coast continue to roll up their sleeves and give blood, Ms ONeill said.

Each year, more than 17,400 blood donations are needed on the Central Coast. That includes whole blood, platelets and plasma.

I want to thank the generous contributions the 2,749 blood donors here at the Gosford Donor Centre and the further 2,740 who donate at local mobile units. Your time and commitment to this cause is greatly appreciated by so many in this country.

Funded by the Australian and state and territory governments, the National Blood Authority is responsible for providing an adequate, safe, secure and affordable supply of blood products for all Australians. In 2012-13, over one billion dollars was spent by governments to ensure the safe supply of blood and this need is steadily growing.

Please call 13 14 95 or visit the Blood Donor website to make an appointment to donate blood.