Learn how your donated blood is used, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, donating plasma.#Donating #plasma

How your blood is used

Blood is surprisingly versatile. The blood you donate can be made into 22 different medical treatments.

Donating plasma

Ready to donate?

You are able to book 3 or more days in advance.

To change an existing appointment, or to speak to a customer service representative

Who your blood helps


People of all walks of life need blood products. Some need it to get them through a serious event in their lives, like cancer or a dangerous pregnancy. Others have medical conditions which mean they need blood products regularly to stay alive or be healthy.

Donating plasma

Donating plasma

Donating plasma

Donating plasma

Donating plasma

Jo’s story

Jo owes his life to countless generous blood donors. After being diagnosed with bladder cancer at age two, he needed red cells, plasma and platelets to survive.

Daniel, Joanna and Josie’s story

Like almost 15 per cent of Australia’s mothers, Joanna needed anti-D injections, made from plasma, during her pregnancy.

Joanna and her family are especially grateful to Australia’s amazing blood donors. Not only did Joanna receive anti-D while expecting baby Josie, her husband Daniel also needed blood treatments when he was a baby.

Mika’s story

Mika needs Intragam, made from plasma, every few weeks for his blood disorder. He calls it his super powers because after his treatment he s strong enough to walk.

Jacob’s story

After a serious car accident, Jacob needed over 36 litres of blood to survive.

Now, he is alive and skydiving. As a way of saying thank you to the donors who saved his life, Jacob is a dedicated blood donor.

Rosanne’s story

Rosanne is in remission from leukaemia thanks to just a handful of special blood donors. Her rare blood type meant less than five donors in Australia could donate red cells and platelets to help save her life.

Rosanne is now a busy young woman who loves art and is studying photography.

Types of donation

There are about five litres of blood in the human body and it’s made up of several useful components.

You may be able to donate whole blood, plasma or platelets. Each type of blood donation is used for different medical treatments, and your blood type determines the best donation for you to make.

To start donating plasma or platelets you need to have given whole blood in the past two years.

For more ways to help others, consider bone marrow or organ donation.

What is it?

Blood collected straight from a donor, without anything taken out. After it’s donated, we usually separate whole blood into red blood cells, plasma and platelets in our labs.

Who can donate?

You need to be 16-70 years old, weigh 50kg or more and be fit and healthy.

Used for:

Cancer, blood diseases, haemophilia, anaemia, heart disease, stomach disease, kidney disease, childbirth, operations, blood loss, trauma, burns.

Lasts for:

Red cells can be stored for 42 days.

How long does it take?

15 minutes to donate, 45 minutes for the appointment.

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