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Blood stock top-up

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THERE is no shortage of any particular blood type in the country although the need to top up stock is still crucial, says Fiji National Blood Service donor service officer Gillian Duffy.

Ms Duffy said last week a team, with the help of the Health Ministry and an NGO, were able to collect about 25 units of blood in Suva.

"We have to always replenish our blood stocks when what is needed is always different, especially during an emergency," Ms Duffy said.

"For any division we need to collect 50 pints of blood daily because it is needed every day in the hospitals."

Ms Duffy said the blood service collected different blood types but they focussed on blood with the red cells, plasma and platelets.

"Red cells can be used on anaemia patients and patients that are losing blood through bleeding, and plasma cells can be left for a long time in the freezer," Ms Duffy said.

"The platelets need to be used while they're still fresh so they only can be used within five days after they're collected."

She said a few surgeons would be visiting the CWM Hospital soon and so the blood service needed to top up on its stock.

"We have a lot of regular donors and men can donate four times a year while women can donate three times a year.

"We thank the donors for always being there especially during emergency cases when rare bloods are required."

Ms Duffy said each division in the country conducted its own blood drive to cater for their divisional hospitals.








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