Blood transfusions - blood transfusions and intravenous immunoglobulin treatment
Blood is the fluid that transports oxygen and nutrients around the body. An average adult has just under 5 litres of blood circulating around their body.
Blood is made up of the following four major components:
Blood donations collected are separated into components so that they can be supplied to meet clinical need. For more information on fresh blood products and their use, please visit the National Blood Authority’s website.
Plasma is also used to manufacture other products. Proteins isolated from plasma by fractionation processes and can be made into products to treat specific diseases. Some blood products are manufactured from non-human components using genetic engineering. These are called recombinant products and are alternatives to some fractionated products.
Human body tissue is another way of describing how our cells are grouped together in a highly organised manner according to specific structure and function. These groupings of cells form tissues, which then make up organs and various parts of the body. See the organ and tissue donation page for more information, including the organs and tissues which can be donated.
Key information has been prepared to assist consumers who have contact with the health system regarding blood transfusions, iron disorders and organ and tissue donation. See the below pages for more information:
Iron deficiency is common when your irons levels are low and it may make you feel tired and not be able to do normal daily activities.
Iron overload (haemochromatosis) is an inherited condition where you are at risk of absorbing too much iron from food