We all have the potential to save a life

For World Blood Donor Day, IBMS Fellow Katy explains how blood donations are used to ensure our blood supplies meet the highest quality standards.

14 June is World Blood Donor Day, where around the world people are encouraged to donate blood and help save lives. Whilst millions of units of blood are donated annually in the UK, more are needed; NHS Blood and Transplant use 6000 donations a day and need 2000 new donors each year. This is how our donated blood is used and why we need more donors.

Most goes directly to blood banks but some are sent to External Quality Assessment (EQA) centres to be used for testing to help ensure the continuing safety and quality of our clinical laboratories. To learn more about how biomedical scientists use donated blood, we spoke with Katy Veale, a biomedical scientist who works at UK NEQAS Blood Transfusion Laboratory Testing (BTLP) in Watford and is lead for the Feto-maternal haemorrhage scheme (FMH).

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