Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer waiting for donors

30 December, 2017, 03:11 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • Frigid temps cause drop in United Blood Services donations

Canadian Blood Services reports an urgent need for blood donations - and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee is urging Islanders to roll up their sleeves now.

Blood donations drop about 40 percent during the holiday when the need is high, so United Blood Services Montana is calling for more callers to step forward.

Platelets are also collected but this poses a hard challenge because such donations only have a shelf life of seven days, notes the Canadian Blood Services.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors with O blood types are part of a select group whose donations are compatible with everyone. We get that during the holiday season people are travelling.

"We are pleased so many Canadians have stepped up to fill an open appointments to give blood and are confident others will join them by year-end or early in the New Year, " said Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services' chief supply chain officer.




"I donate for several reasons", said Joe Michielson, a donor at the Lethbridge blood clinic.

All blood types are encouraged to donate, but the supply of O-negative blood is in demand because it can be used by any recipient regardless their blood type.

Clinics will be held at the Pictou Armouries from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and at Summer Street Industries on Wednesday, Jan. 3, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., as well as Thursday, Jan. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

"The holiday period always presents challenges for us as we work to ensure we have enough blood and blood products to meet patients' needs", Canadian Blood Services stated in a press release.

New and existing donors are welcome and walk-ins will be accepted, says Canadian Blood Services.

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