Wednesday, 23. April 2014 - 08:04
14. 06. 12. - 16:00
Today on the Austrian National blood Donor Day help organisations have appealed for more people to give blood.
The Austrian capital of Vienna has the lowest percentage of blood donors per population than any other Austrian province, although Vienna's hospitals use the most blood.
Patients needing blood transfusions in Vienna are reliant on blood supplies from Lower Austrian and Burgenland blood donors.
Figures reveal that only two per cent of adults up to the age of 65 donate blood.
The number of blood donors has reduced dramatically over the last five years in Vienna particularly. Five years ago 66,000 units of blood were donated. In 2011 this was only 57,000 units.
The Burgenland population donates the most blood - on average seven per cent of the population donate blood. This is much higher than the average Austrian national rate of 3.4 per cent of the population.
Blood donors in Austria must be aged between 18 and 65. (First time donors should be under 60) - although many people who are from the UK are still banned because of the risk they may be infected with mad cow disease.
Potential donors not from the UK should be in a good state of health and weigh more than 50 kilos.
Donating blood takes around 30 minutes on average. In Vienna you can donate blood on a daily basis at a blood donating centre on the Wiedner Hauptstraße or there are blood donor buses which regularly travel the city.
Every year 450,000 units of blood is needed for blood transfusions to save lives in Austria.
For more information:- http://www.roteskreuz.at/blutspende/
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