Blood donors urged to refill national blood supply before Canada Day
OTTAWA, June 25, 2014 /CNW/ - As Canadians prepare to celebrate Canada
Day, many patients are fighting for survival. Current and first-time
blood donors from coast to coast are being urged to make a blood
donation before or immediately following the Canada Day holiday. All
blood donors are needed, in particular those with type O and A blood.
"With the holiday falling mid-week this year, we're seeing fewer
appointments booked and a higher number of cancellations around Canada
Day," says Mark Donnison, Vice-President of Donor Relations. "This is
particularly challenging because many regular donors are planning to
take an extra-long weekend."
According to the Canada Safety Council website, more fatalities occur on
Canadian roads during the summer months than any other time of year,
and 85 per cent of these collisions are considered preventable. It can
take up to 50 donors to help save the life of someone in a car crash.
While it is not possible to prevent all traffic crashes from happening,
it is possible to ensure blood is there for all Canadian patients when
they need it. Canadian Blood Services forecasts that they will need
almost 30,000 appointments each week during the summer to meet demand.
Right now, there are more than 7,500 appointments available across the
country between now and July 5.
Canadian Blood Services is urging eligible community members to do
something patriotic in honour of Canada Day, help save a fellow
Canadian by giving blood. To book an appointment visit blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283) now.
If you already have an appointment to give blood this summer, thank you.
A Canadian patient and their family are now counting on you, so please
honour your appointment. Their life depends on you.
Canadian Blood Services needs to fill 30,000 appointments every week to
meet the demand of blood and blood products.
In recent months, about 20 per cent of donors have missed their
Platelets, part of blood that helps with clotting, are of particular
concern around long weekends because they have a shelf-life of just
five days before they expire.
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable
organization that manages the supply of blood products in all provinces
and territories outside of Quebec. The organization oversees the
OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, is establishing the national
public cord blood bank (excluding Quebec) and supports leading practice
development, professional education and public awareness for organ and
tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood Services also
purchases pharmaceutical plasma products, contributes to transfusion
medicine research and provides diagnostic services in some provinces.
It operates 41 permanent collection sites and more than 21,000 mobile
clinics annually. The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health
provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services. The federal
government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the
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SOURCE: Canadian Blood Services
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