We can all get a little queasy when it comes to needles. Research shows that a fear of needles, lack of time and not understanding what’s involved, are some of the top reasons why only 1 in 30 people donate blood in Australia. Considering that 1 in 3 Australians will require a blood transfusion at some point in their lives, this is an alarming statistic. As blood is separated into platelets, plasma and red blood cells, one donation has the potential to save the lives of 3 different people. Separated into these three components, blood can be processed into many different treatments to aid a wide variety of patients, from those with cancer, hepatitis and blood diseases to those who have suffered major trauma or require transfusion during surgery, just to name a few.
Regular, voluntary blood donations help ensure there is a sufficient supply of blood for those who need it, but in places where the demand outweighs the supply, they have no choice but to rely on paid donations. At Loves Data, we feel strongly about the preservation of resources. Blood can only come from generous donors. With these facts in hand, it’s not hard to break the death-grip that a fear of needles may have, manage your time better or take the time to understand the donation process.
What’s the best gift you’re giving this year? The Loves Data team rolled up our sleeves and marched over to the local Red Cross Blood Donation Centre, deciding that the best gift we can offer is the gift of life.
Join us by registering to donate today, but in the meantime, check out our awesome infographic which explains everything you need to know about giving blood!