Blood Supply Extremely Low

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is appealing for more people
to give blood, as supplies plummet to less than three days’ coverage. 
“We have just 2.2 days’ supply of all blood types” said Blood Service spokeswoman Kathy Bowlen.  
“We aim to have six days’ supply at all times, to ensure we have
blood for patients who need it, so this is a real concern for us.
“We have been on a downward donation trend since February.  In the
four months to May, we had almost 27,000 fewer appointments than needed.
“In effect, it’s as though we have missed an entire week of
donations. And yet, the number of patients who rely on that blood are
just as constant as ever.”
“It’s been a difficult year for the blood supply, and with colds and
flu now stopping regular donors coming in, we really need more help to
build stocks now” Ms Bowlen said.
The Blood Service is calling on former donors, or anyone who has
thought about becoming a donor, to make the commitment, and call us
today.
“One in three people will need blood in their lifetime, but only one
in 30 Australians donate.  Right now we are all relying on too few
Australians to keep the blood supplies flowing.  
“We need to bolster blood stocks now, and we can’t do that without
community support” she said. “We need people’s help” she said.
Ms Bowlen said it was unclear why there had been a downturn in donations, but urged people to try this life-saving act.
“Every blood donation saves three lives, and the life you save might be that of someone you love” she said.
“Cancer patients, people undergoing surgery, pregnant women and
unborn babies all require donated blood. There is no substitute for
blood and it’s needed every day.”
Make an appointment online or call 13 14 95.
For further information please contact:  Kathy Bowlen, Media Manager 0447 448 338

Use this online form to make a whole blood, plasma or platelet appointment. To change an existing appointment, please call 13 14 95.

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