Blood products and transfusion practice for health professionals
There has been an outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus (referred to as SARS-CoV-2) that has been associated with cases of severe respiratory illness such as pneumonia. Symptoms of this disease (known as COVID-2019) include fever, malaise, dry cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. There is evidence of person-to-person transmission. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic.
On 15 November, we changed from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.
Why the change? Because today our role goes beyond providing one of the world’s safest and most secure blood supplies.
We also help to facilitate the donation of tissue, organs, breast milk, and other life-saving biological products.
Lifeblood is constantly exploring innovative ways to contribute to a nation of better health outcomes.
This site will remain Lifeblood’s comprehensive resource on blood products and transfusion practice for health professionals.
To learn more about all the ways we support Australian lives, visit lifeblood.com.au
The 2019 transfusion-transmissible infections in Australia surveillance report is now available and can be found here.