Blood donation: a gesture of solidarity and community spirit
Blood donations are needed at hospitals and clinics in order to ensure quality medical treatment.The majority of surgeries, organ transplants and cancer treatments that are performed each day require blood transfusions. But even with all our scientific advances, the only way to obtain blood is through selfless donations.
In Catalonia the Banc de Sang i Teixits is the public company of the Ministry of Health responsible for managing and administering donations, analyses and transfusions of blood, plasma and blood products. To carry out these tasks, it relies on a network of blood collection which includes 16 fixed centres located in major hospitals of the Catalan healthcare regions and 17 mobile units that make more than 80 outings weekly in towns and cities across Catalonia. Each day, close to 800 donations are collected, and these deliver an average of 1,000 blood components to all public and private healthcare centres.