Australia in Short Supply of Donors
Australian medical professionals are urging the public to consider blood, egg and organ donations. Only if there is a sufficient amount of donors, hospitals can administer life-saving transfusions to emergency patients, carry out organ transplants and help couples that have problems conceiving.
Blood donations are a vital part of keeping every hospital running. One out of three people will receive a blood donation during their lifetime but only one out of thirty ever donates blood. Rebecca Ind from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service said that it was important to have people commit to regular donations to guarantee a continuous supply in hospitals. “When you donate it’s in the hospitals within 24 hours. We need to maintain supplies”, Ind said.
Women looking for egg donations are faced with an even shorter supply of donors. On average only one in three people looking to conceive through IVF will receive a donor egg. Women who donate have the opportunity to discuss with doctor what kind of recipient they envision for their donation.
Organ transplants are a crucial factor of survival for the 1,700 people on Australian waiting lists. Even though the country has a high rate of successful organ transplants, it has a low donation rate. Still, big parts of the population are eligible to donate. Even if persons register as donors during their life, the final decision lies with the deceased’s family. Since only 58% of families presently agree to the donation process, donors are urged to inform and convince their kin of their wish to donate in due time.
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