Demand for blood never takes a holiday
Ottawa, Dec. 27, 2017 - Canadian Blood Services has seen a notable increase in donations
since Dec. 18 when it issued an urgent call for eligible donors to fill 35,000 open
appointments by Jan. 6. However, more new and returning donors are still needed
to help fill 18,000 open appointments.
"We are pleased so many Canadians have stepped up to fill open appointments to give
blood and are confident others will join them by year-end or early in the New Year,"
says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services’ Chief Supply Chain Officer.
The holiday season is a slower time for blood donations. Travel, family activities
and changes in routines pose challenges to blood collections, especially the last
half of December into the New Year.
"It can be tough during the holiday season to take an hour to give life but donors
must continue to answer the call for blood, especially during the weeks of Dec.
25 and Jan. 1. Every donation is important and we still need donors to book appointments
and, even more importantly, to keep them," says Prinzen.
While all blood types help patients, the supply of O-negative blood is in particular
demand. Donors with O-negative blood are part of a select group whose donations
are compatible with everyone. As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency
situation can all receive O-negative blood.
Some blood collection centres will be open on New Year's Day, as well as during
other regular collection hours. New and existing donors are welcome and walk-ins
will continue to be accepted.
Canadians who are unable to give blood can give financially, and can encourage others
in their networks to give blood on their behalf.
To book an appointment, download the GiveBlood app available for iOS on the App
Store or for Android on Google Play, call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283), or visit
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and
stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding
Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes
leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national
scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape.
Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada
and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian
Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.