Benefits Of Blood Donations For Australia

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Every week Australia needs over 27,000 blood donations. Currently there are just under 504,000 voluntary unpaid donors in Australia. In 2013 the Blood Service collected 1.32 million lifesaving blood donations. The red cross is an organisation is who collects, processes and distributes life saving blood products. They also contribute expertise, leadership and support for diagnostic transplantations and other clinical services as well as world class health research. Understanding how important blood donation is, is an issue due to the lack of blood donated to make a difference in someone’s life. Blood is vital to life, making a lot of blood donors patients life lines. Currently, only 1 in 30 Australians are giving blood, but 1 in 3 Australians will need blood in their future. Giving blood effects everybody, it can help save the lives of the few hours old to the many years old, blood is essential. Blood is sectioned into eight primary groups [O+, O-, A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-]. Although every blood group is crucially important, group O is highly demanded in blood banks because it is the most common, therefore most needed. Group O is a universal blood type meaning that it can be given to every other blood group, but, unfortunately can only receive blood from another O group. This is useful as doctors can use this blood type in emergencies when patients blood type is unknown. My aim was to investigate, “Is there enough understanding of the significant importance of blood donation and its impact on improving health?” for my aim I took to social media with a survey I created on an online survey maker “Blood Donation” (See Appendix 1). I received a sample of individuals thoughts and feelings on blood donating and why or why not they b... ... middle of paper ... ...awareness of the importance of blood donation (See Appendix 2) . I was very impressed with the outcome of my social action as I have received confirmation of five peers donating blood. There were no limitations to my social action as I performed promptly and confidently. Giving blood allowed me to personally get involved with the Red Cross organisation. The awareness of donating blood promotes improved health outcomes for both individuals and communities by making individuals conscious of how important blood is to life (See Appendix 3). Improving health outcomes for individuals like Jasmine who 's lives were save by unknowing donors. Yes, I believe that there is enough understanding of the significant importance of blood donation and its impact on improving health. My survey has shown that almost 100% of sampled individuals believe donating blood to be important.
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