Canadian Blood Services in need of donations

Canadian Blood Services in need of donations

On Dec. 16, 2017 Canadian Blood Services put out a call for more blood donors over the holiday season, saying 35,000 open appointments needed to be filled across Canada before January 6, 2018.

The refugees' offering of their time and blood donations comes at an important time as Canada faces an urgent nationwide need for donors, especially over the Christmas and New Year period due to travel, family activities and changes in routines. "Plasma we can freeze and it will last up to a year, red cells last 42 days, but platelets only last for seven days".

"It can be tough during the holiday season to take an hour to give blood", said Rick Prinzen, chief supply chain officer for the CBS.

Matt Walstad, with United Blood Services, says in his opinion, most people don't donate because they are never asked. Their "Pay it Forward" blood-drive is collecting donations all month for this cause.

After their initial plea for help, there was an increase in donations across the country, but there are still some 18,000 open donor appointments to fill and the Lethbridge clinic still has 159 openings for next week.

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- December 27 to December 29, from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m, and 3:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m.

While all blood types help patients, the supply of O-negative blood is in particular demand.

A part-time student at the University of Alberta, Valdez said he walked by the clinic at 8249 114th St. and saw a sign urging people to donate blood.

Blood and blood products are a critical part of every day medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing disease.

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

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