Kelowna area residents are being urged to help top-up the blood supply at their local blood donor clinic before heading off on their summer travels. Canadian Blood Services says it needs 4,300 more donors across Canada to book an appointment and donate blood over the next three weeks.
“We need 800 appointments in B.C. booked this summer to keep up with hospital demand, and patients are counting on more people to become blood donors,” said Ed Yee, regional director of donor and clinic services.
“If you’ve made an appointment, please honour it. If you haven’t made one, please book one today.”
With a patient somewhere in Canada needing blood every minute of every day, a constant supply of new blood donations is required, say CBS officials. Most often, it takes more than one donor’s unit of blood to save a patient’s life.
A single car accident victim may require as much as 50 units of blood and blood products to survive his or her injuries.
CBS says increased traffic usually means more car accidents on roadways. Every donor who books and keeps an appointment this summer will provide the additional supply of blood products needed for hospital patients.
According to CBS, currently, only 60 per cent of blood donors are keeping their donation appointments and with more people dying on Canada’s roads in the last 50 years than the number of Canadians killed in both world wars,the need continues to grow.
To book an appointment today or for more information, visit blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec.
It also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Canadian Blood Services operates 42 permanent collection sites—including one in Kelowna on Dilworth Drive— and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services.
The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system.