One in four people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. Every day, patients in hospitals throughout Ireland require blood transfusions. Sometimes it may be for a routine surgical procedure such as a hip operation. Other times it may be for someone recovering from a road traffic accident, major surgery such as a heart bypass or perhaps a transfusion is needed to enable a patient to tolerate the effects of cancer treatment. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) provides the blood and blood products needed in hospitals to help these patients. Every week 3,000 donations are needed in Ireland. A coronary artery bypass may use between 1 and 5 units of blood. A car accident victim may require up to 30 units of blood, a bleeding ulcer could require anything between 3 and 30 units of blood. An average adult has between 10 and 12 pints of blood.
If you’d like to help, there is an opportunity to give blood at the IBTS mobile clinic in The Parish Centre, Ardee on Thursday 27th December, 2012 From 5.00pm to 8.30pm; Friday 28th December, 2012; Sunday 30th December, 2012; From 11.30am to 3.00pm.
For further details, please contact our lo-call Donor Information Line 1850 – 73 11 37 or John Healy, Area Organiser at our Ardee Regional Office, 041 – 685 9994 or www.giveblood.ie.