Friday, May 20 2022

Donating blood or organs is the most important thing you can do to make a difference in someone else’s life, according to a new study that classifies altruistic acts.

A survey of 2,189 adults in England put blood and organ donation at the top of a poll of the ways people thought they could make a real difference in the lives of others.

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people to pledge to register as a blood or organ donor this year.

In the December 2021 survey, respondents were asked: “When it comes to making a real difference in people’s lives, what do you think are the most important things someone can do? ”

• 42% of people cited organ donation as the most important

• 43 percent of people said donating blood was most important.

Other ways people were asked to list in terms of importance included donating to charity, donating to food banks or volunteer work.

An organ donor can save or transform up to nine lives after death through organ donation and save and transform even more by donating tissue.

In 2020-2021, across the UK, 3,391 people had their lives saved thanks to 1,180 people who donated their organs after death.

Even though organ donation has moved to an opt-out system in England, Scotland and Wales, families will still be consulted before donation.

The NHS is urging people to speak with their family and share their decision as well as register it in the NHS Organ Donor Register.

In 2021, 132,172 new blood donors gave blood.

The NHSBT needs around 450 donors a day to meet demand.

Blood is needed for transfusions to people with blood disorders, as well as for traumatic emergencies, childbirth, surgery, and cancer treatment.

On average, approximately 1.4 million units of blood are delivered to hospitals each year.

Donating blood is safe, easy and only takes an hour. Each donation can save or improve up to three lives. People can also donate plasma and platelets at some centers.

Helen Duggan, deputy director of marketing and creative services at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We are delighted to see the results of this survey which shows that altruistic giving is still a top priority for people and, as we begin a new year, we hope that feeling of giving will continue to shape our communities.

Register today and make an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23, downloading the GiveBloodNHS app or visiting blood.co.uk

Find out more about organ donation and register your organ donation decision at organdonation.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.

NHS app users can also use it to check, update or save their decision.

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