How Blood is Used

Red Cells

The majority of donated blood goes to people with cancer, as well as people who have suffered traumatic accidents, burns or who undergo surgery.

Plasma & Platelets

Plasma donations are used to make 17 different products and contain very important proteins, nutrients and clotting factors which help to prevent and stop bleeding.
Platelets are used to help clot the blood and seal wounds in surgical and cancer patients. Leukemia and chemotherapy treatments can reduce a patient's platelet count.

Blood has a Short Shelf Life

All blood components have a short shelf life, creating the need for a constant blood supply.

  • Platelets - up to 5 days
  • Red cells - 42 days
  • Plasma - up to 1 year