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Thursday, 21 March 2019 05:13 am

WATCH: Fresh blood wanted, particularly plasma donors

Blood donations are critical to keeping people who have had trauma and blood loss alive.

New Zealand Blood Service are the people in charge with getting the donations and supplying the blood to the hospitals.

The New Zealand Blood Service needs more donors, in particular plasma donors.

Sarah Nizniak, the Clinical Nurse Leader at the Wellington Donor Centre, says that plasma is the bread and butter of blood medication and that they are actively trying to get people who are whole blood donors to convert to plasma.

“We collect what we need and use what we need, every drop that is collected here comes back here,” she says.

It takes less than 10 minutes to donate whole blood, less than an hour for plasma and platelet donation about two hours.

“When you donate blood you’re donating your well being, health and fitness as a gift. It is all part of the gift,” she says.

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