The National Blood Authority (NBA) has just released new statistics that show "blood products" received from generous Australians who donate blood around the country are being put to good use.
This improvement in clinical practices concerning blood products is due in part to the release of the NBA's Patient Blood Management Guidelines.
Consisting of four modules that focus on the different situations in which blood products might need to be administered, the Patient Blood Management Guidelines are helping Australia to become a world leader in this field.
That, at least, is the opinion of Shayne Neumann, parliamentary secretary for health and ageing.
"The Guidelines have led to a reduction in blood use, with red blood cell usage down 4.7 per cent in 2012-13 in contrast to an increase of about five per cent hospital activity," said Mr Neumann in an August 1 statement.
In the statement, Mr Neumann explained that blood donations can be separated out into different products, including plasma, which is currently in high demand.
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