We have seen in length about the donors it is equally important to know about the recipients as well. Very often persons requiring a blood transfusion would be fighting for his life. The following are the individuals who may need blood transfusions.
- A patient who was subjected to a major accident and thereby blood loss.
- A person who is ear marked to undergo a major surgery. For instance, an open-heart surgery may require about 6 units of blood.
- A woman going through childbirth or suffering a miscarriage may require large quantities of life-saving blood.
- Patients with hematological disorders such as hemophilia, Thalassemia, leukemias and anemias.
- When a person suffers shock, drug reactions, burns or poisoning, blood transfusion may be the way to save his life.
- Donors who give blood voluntarily and for altruistic reasons have the lowest prevalence of HIV, hepatitis viruses and other blood-borne infections, as compared to people who donate for family members or in lieu of payment.
- WHO Fact sheet N°279, June 2008, Blood safety and donation