Demand for blood donations rises during holiday

29 December, 2017, 03:24 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Canadian Blood Services is calling for 18,000 more appointments to be filled across the country. Nine hundred of those are needed in Nova Scotia

As of Wednesday across Canada there were 18,000 open appointments.

Blood donors are needed to fill about 370 appointments in Central Alberta between now and January 6 to help fill the need for donations this holiday season.

MacDonald also says that walk-ins are always welcome especially around this time of year, and says most people are in and out within an hour.

According to United Blood Services, the holidays bring in more than a 20% decline in blood donations. this drive is held until Sunday, December 31st in hopes to bring blood to patients counting on it to become strong enough to leave hospitalization. While some people are spending time at home with their families, others are spending the holidays in the hospital.

"Right now we're trying to let people know we're still open during the holidays".

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Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "It's New Year and like many of us, you may be thinking about the year ahead and some changes you'd like to make to your life".

This week along the Bayers Road clinic has 96 appointments available. It's closed Sunday and Monday.

United Blood Services aims to keep a five-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times, and donations of O-negative, the universal type, are especially important because of increased accidents and trauma cases. Only seven per cent of Canadians are O-negative, he said.

The members of the Syrian Refugee Support Group of Calgary committed themselves to fill appointments and collect 50 donations to start 2018.

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).

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