A blood donation truly is a “gift of life” that a healthy individual can give to others in their community who are sick or injured. In one hour’s time, a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components that could help save multiple lives
The need for blood and its components is constantly rising, because of an ageing population and the proliferation of many new treatments. Blood plays an indispensible part in many therapies, not just in emergency situations. You will not be informed as to who receives your blood, but you should know that your donation will be used in all sorts of different medical situations, from cancer patients to people suffering major haemorrhages through trauma and surgical interventions (including transplants and even childbirth).
The purpose of the blood collection and distribution system is to help ensure an adequate supply of blood for accident victims, people needing surgery, and people suffering from certain diseases, as well as for medical research.