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How will we meet clinical demand?
A major disaster will affect Australia’s blood donation and manufacturing process, and clinical demand, with potential to adversely impact sufficiency of supply. The impact of a major disaster (such as an influenza pandemic) on clinical demand is currently very poorly understood and urgently needs further research.
Maintaining blood supply to meet demand is a highly complex process. It relies on donor recruitment, donor collections, manufacturing and testing of blood components, management of inventory and the distribution to end-users, and transfusion services at hospitals. The short shelf life of blood products means that inventory must always be closely linked with expected demand both in large metropolitan centres which are typically located close to blood supply centres, and in regional and remote centres across the nation.
The Pandemic Preparedness Project aims to provide comprehensive and detailed Australian data on blood component use to inform development of a robust model of blood supply and clinical demand in support of national and international contingency planning. Specifically the project will:
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