The Bendigo Blood Service is reminding donors to keep their appointments over the Easter period, with many people relying on donations that have a short expiry date.
Bendigo’s stocks are strong this year, though nationally 2000 Australians will need to give blood this Easter long weekend.
Service spokeswoman Shae Smith said blood clotting agents called platelets were especially important.
“Unfortunately platelets have a shelf-life of just five days which means we can’t stockpile them ahead of a long weekend and need continuous donations during this time to meet demand,” she said.
“One acute leukaemia patient alone can require blood products donated by 144 people throughout an average treatment cycle.
“While emergency trauma patients, including road accident victims, can use high volumes of blood quickly – anywhere from two to 50 or more units depending on their injuries.”
The service was encouraging Bendigo residents to book in to give blood throughout April. To make an appointment to give blood call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au