Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

United Blood Services donations drop as temperatures plummet

Frigid temps cause drop in United Blood Services donations Pledging loyalty and thanks to Canada, Syrian refugees donate their blood
Isabel Fisher | 30 December, 2017, 03:12

"We know that Canadians are busy with travel and activities over the holidays, and we hope that they will make time to save a life and give blood".

Major Byron Medlock says kettle donations dropped about 20 percent and raised almost $717,000. We get that during the holiday season people are travelling.

Canadian Blood Services will open its clinic at Eau Claire Market on New Year's Day, allowing the refugees to give blood and help with what is often a slow time for blood donations over the Christmas holidays.

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. But a mobile clinic will be operating in Rocky Mountain House, at Church of the Nazarene, 5340 59th Ave., from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. with 66 open appointments.

- December 27 to December 29, from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m, and 3:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. "Plasma we can freeze and it will last up to a year, red cells last 42 days, but platelets only last for seven days".


United Blood Services strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type at all times.

But because of strict screening regulations, the need for certified Arabic translators and gathering detailed information on donors' health backgrounds, Nammoura said the event had to be postponed for the new year, and limited to 50 refugees for now. All blood types are needed, however, donations from donors with O-negative type blood is in high demand.

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

It takes about two days for blood to be tested and prepared to send to patients in need.

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