Red blood cells must be transfused within 35 days of collection.
Every day hundreds of people in New Zealand need blood or blood products, donated by voluntary blood donors, to help save their lives.
Before they can receive it, donated blood is tested and processed to ensure it is safe for the patients receiving it.
Red Cell Component of blood only last for 35 days.
Platelets only last for 7 days.
Therefore maintaining an adequate blood supply at all times is crucial and is only possible thanks to the regular donations from healthy blood donors.