Dear friends of HIFA, blood transfusion is life saving, especially in case of severe hemorrhage, accidents or obstetric emergencies.
Volunteer blood donation is correct and should continue, together with parents'/relatives' donation.
However sometimes the stock of blood is not enough, especially in case of extra need as I wrote above.
I ask you Neil and friends whether a system of Blood Donation on Demand (BDD) could be practical or effective.
People are reluctant to donate on regular calendar, because they fear that their blood will be sold or wasted.
In towns it is certainly possible to have a list of potential donors who accept any call at any time: they will witness that their blood will save a life.
Being 'expert/ethical' donors they will observe good health practices, or they will report any controindication events for safe donation.
A death precipitated by absence of blood available should never occur.
That person is surrounded by other persons that are willing to give their blood: they ask (only) to be called upon.
HIFA profile: Massimo Serventi is a paediatrician at AISPO (Associazione Italiana per la Solidarieta fra I Popoli), Italy. Professional interests include child malnutrition, pediatric hospitals, drugs for children, sustainability of services for children. ser20 AT hotmail.it