Providing blood for yourself
For patients referred by their doctors for autologous donation, we provided information on the risks and benefits of this procedure and should be given to the patient as part of the informed consent process.
The use of autologous blood is no longer recommended unless the clinical circumstances are exceptional. Exceptional circumstances may include:
Doctors and LMCs should contact their local NZBS Transfusion Medicine specialist to discuss any such requests before committing to autologous donation.
NZBS does not support the practice of directed donations. Please see the NZBS policy here.