Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Blood shortage in BC highlights urgent need for donations

Blood shortage in BC highlights urgent need for donations

Frigid temps are keeping people indoors and officials with United Blood Services says they are in need of donors.

The New Liskeard Blood Donor Clinic has 120 spots to fill. "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 life but donors must continue to answer the call for blood, especially during the weeks of December 25 and January 1".

People interested in giving blood should check the Canadian Blood Services website to determine if they are eligible, and can also book an appointment online.

At the time, the clinic sought to collect 5000 units of blood per year, but had only met about three-quarters of that goal through the previous six years.

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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.

But after arriving in the safety and compassion of Canada, 50 local Syrian refugees are thrilled at the chance to finally give back by "adopting" a blood collection centre to give blood for one day.

Although the permanent service no longer exists in the city, Blood Services territory manager for Manitoba mobiles, Steve Raizen, says the goal for the number of donations per day has not changed.

The mobile Canadian Blood Services clinic will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28. Donors with O-negative blood are part of a select group whose donations are compatible with everyone.

Donors who give blood next month will receive a $5 DD Card that can be used toward the purchase of any item.

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