We need more plasma donors
The demand for plasma products is still on the rise so we constantly need more plasma donors.
As well as fresh frozen plasma to help trauma patients, plasma is also used to create over 13 different life-saving products. These products can help strengthen the immune system and assist in blood clotting. As doctors find more and more uses for this liquid gold, the demand for plasma continues to increase at a rate of over 13% per year. In fact, NZBS needs to collect over 940 donations of plasma every week to meet demand.
“Our first ‘Hearts of Gold’ campaign was very successful, but the reality is that New Zealand Blood Service still needs another 2,000 plasma donors, which is why we are continuing the campaign to find more donors with a heart of gold” says Asuka Burge, New Zealand Blood Service National Manager Marketing and Communication.
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Can you help?
If you’re a whole blood donor, why not consider switching to plasma donation? To become a plasma donor, you need to:
- Be 18-60 years old
- Meet certain height and weight requirements
- Have donated whole blood at least once in the last two years
- Meet donor eligibility requirements listed in the donor questionnaire
- Have suitable veins and haemoglobin levels
- Can donate at the Epsom, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin Donor Centres.
To find out more about becoming a plasma donor, Click here or call 0800 GIVE BLOOD.