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All of your donation supports ANZSBT’s mission to promote and communicate best practice in clinical and laboratory medicine through life-changing research, education and the provision of independent expertise.

Why blood transfusion is important

Blood transfusion is an important and often life-saving treatment. It is the most commonly used medical procedure and around 80% of the population will receive a transfusion in their lifetime. Blood transfusions are used for many reasons in both medical and surgical settings, and at all stages of life from the fetus in the womb through to the aged. In fact, we are more likely to receive a blood transfusion as we get older.

Most, or over two thirds of all blood transfusion are used to treat medical conditions: anaemia for example due to leukaemia or kidney disease, for cancer or cancer treatments that affect blood cells such as chemotherapy or stem cell transplants and for blood disorders, for example haemophilia, sickle cell disease or thalassaemia. Just under a third is used to treat blood loss from surgery including cardiac surgery and emergency surgery and finally a small percentage is used during pregnancy or for blood loss during child birth.

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Current ANZSBT Transfusion Research Funded Projects

Dr Andrew Flint Blood transfusion practices in intensive care
Dr Joanne Tan Whole blood for trauma resuscitation: Is it pro-inflammatory?
Dr Rebecca Griffiths Characterisation of the Kidd blood group system in the erythroid cells of control and Jk-null individuals
Dr Rena Hirani The prevalence of transfusion‐associated microchimerism in 45 and Up Study participants