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Who needs blood?
People undergoing complex medical and surgical procedures or people with severe trauma following an accident or disaster may require blood transfusions. Women with pregnancy complications such as ectopic pregnancies or haemorrhages may require transfusions and also adults and children suffering from severe anaemia. Regular transfusions are required by people with conditions such as sickle cell disease and thalassaemia. Blood is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with haemophilia. Searching some of our Library Databases reveal detailed explanations of these conditions and associated research. See this example by entering “thalassaemia” as a keyword search in Clinical Key. Please note that some databases are only accessible to RCSI staff and students.
Taking all these situations into consideration it becomes clear how necessary blood donations are and why blood is referred to as the “gift of life”.
|Robert McDonnell (1828-1889)|
|Robert McDonnell's blood transfusion apparatus|
Test your Knowledge on blood donation!
Blood donation and transfusion techniques have come a long way since then. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that all blood donations should be screened for infections prior to use. Screening should be mandatory for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and syphilis and The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is committed to supplying Irish hospitals with blood that is as safe as it can be. Check out how much you know already by taking this fun Quiz by the WHO.
To donate blood to the IBTS, see how to Become a Donor.