Blood donation facts
- Every blood donation can help save 3 people’s lives.
- It takes around 1 hour of your time to donate blood.
- It is estimated that 1 in 3 Australians will require blood or blood products at some stage in our lives, yet only 1 in 30 Australians gives blood (approximately 3% of the population).
- Australia needs 27,000 blood donations per week for those people who need it. In South Australia, we need over 2,600 blood donations each week.
- More than a third (34%) of donated blood is needed to help treat people with cancer, leukaemia and other blood diseases.
- Each year in Australia, around 1.4 million blood donations are collected by the Blood Service and given to people battling cancer, heart, stomach and bowel disease, accident or trauma or to address complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
- A standard whole blood donation is 470ml (just under a pint). The average adult has a blood volume of 4 – 7 litres.
- Within 24-48 hours, your blood volume is completely restored.
- You can donate blood every 12 weeks.
- Platelets – a component of blood – have a shelf-life of just 5 days, which is why a constant supply of blood is needed. Platelets are used to help treat cancer patients and leukaemia.
- O+ is the most common blood type: 40% of the population have this blood type. Following that are: A+ (30%), O- (9%), A- (8%), B+ (8%), B- (2%), AB+ (2%), AB- (1%).
- O- is the ‘universal blood’ type that can be transfused to anyone in an emergency.
- If you are aged between 16-70 years, weigh more than 45Kg (50Kg if you’re under 18) and are feeling well, you may be able to donate blood.
To book an appointment to donate please call 13 14 95 or to find out more, please visit donateblood.com.au