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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.

Transfusions are also used in the treatment of acute stroke, acute chest syndrome and acute multi-organ failure and they are also used to prevent further organ damage. Transfusions can be used to prevent further strokes in patients who have had a previous stroke or are at risk of stroke.

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Current ANZSBT Transfusion Research Funded Projects

Dr Wayne Dyer – ARCBS, Alexandria, NSW “Alternatives to red cell transfusion to treat anaemia”
Dr Allison Mo – Monash University, Melbourne, VIC “A feasibility randomised controlled pilot trial of weekly-interval red cell transfusion schedule in myelodysplastic syndromes: REDDSW2 pilot study”
Dr Edward Chew – The Royal Melbourne Hospital Parkville, VIC “Has availability of red cell concentrates on Air Ambulance Victoria improved patient outcomes?”