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Blood supplies set to dip during holidays

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ONE in four of us will require a blood transfusion at some point in our lives. So, most likely, either you, someone in your family or close to you will need lifesaving blood; and when that happens, the IBTS will be there to ensure they get it.

Blood donation isn’t something that everyone thinks about, yet every year in Ireland about 70,000 patients receive blood.

To meet this demand and maintain the country’s blood supply, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service must collect 3,000 blood donations every week across the country, a high target to reach when only 3% of the eligible population are regular blood donors.

Each blood donation can save up to three lives so every donor truly is a lifesaver. One simple act of giving blood means that 3 patients are able to fight life threatening illnesses or complications during childbirth. Blood is essential for many hospital patients’ treatments, from heart surgery to hip operations, during childbirth to fighting cancer, for older people to mothers and their babies. Blood is necessary; there is no substitute.

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