About Blood

The potential of a gift of blood

Product family

A single blood donation contributes to the making of over 11 products all serving a vital function to help others in need.

View the "Ever wonder what happens to blood" poster to find out more about the various blood products and their functions.

Fresh Blood Products

  • Fresh Frozen Plasma
     Used to treat patients following trauma or transplantation. More information about plasma is also available.
  • Platelets
     Used to support patients undergoing treatment for some blood diseases and cancer and also to control bleeding following cardiac surgery and trauma. More information about platelets is also available.
  • Red Cell Component
     Used for treatment of people with: chronic anaemia resulting from disorders such as kidney failure or cancers; and acute blood loss as a result of trauma or surgery. More information about red cells is also available.

Products Manufactured from Plasma

  • Albumex® 4
     Used for patients suffering burns or shock due to blood loss.
  • Albumex® 20
     Used in the treatment of liver failure or renal failure associated with severe protein deficiency.
  • Rh(D) Immunoglobulin-VF (Anti D)
    Used to prevent haemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN) caused by an incompatibility between the blood types of a mother and her baby. Complications of HDN can vary from mild jaundice to serious disability or death.
  • Cryoprecipitate
     Contains blood clotting factors and is used for treatment of trauma patients and during cardiac/transplant surgery.
  • Biostate® (Factor VIII)
    Used for management of haemophilia A, an inherited bleeding disorder requiring life-long treatment.
  • Prothrombinex®-VF (Factors II, IX & X)
  • Used primarily to reverse the anti-coagulant effect of warfarin in patients who are bleeding.
  • Hyperimmune Globulins
    Provides the recipient with temporary protection against a specific infection e.g. chickenpox, tetanus or hepatitis B.
  • Intragam® P
     An intravenously administered immunoglobulin product used for treatment of people with immune deficiencies or in treatment of a range of diseases where the patient’s immune system is compromised.
  • Normal Immunoglobulin
    Used in prevention of hepatitis A in people travelling overseas to high risk areas.

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