Thursday, 19 April, 2018

United Blood Services needs donor's

Last year the volunteers recruited 120 donors at the Surrey donation centre Last year the volunteers recruited 120 donors at the Surrey donation centre
Judith Alexander | 30 December, 2017, 03:13

Canadian Blood Services reports an urgent need for blood donations - and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee is urging Islanders to roll up their sleeves now. "Plasma we can freeze and it will last up to a year, red cells last 42 days, but platelets only last for seven days".

UBS says during the holiday season, blood donations tend to drop about 40 percent and it's during that time that donations are needed most.

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

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.

Clinics will be held at the Pictou Armouries from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and at Summer Street Industries on Wednesday, Jan. 3, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., as well as Thursday, Jan. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Major Byron Medlock says kettle donations dropped about 20 percent and raised almost $717,000.

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Platelets pose a particularly hard challenge. While some people are spending time at home with their families, others are spending the holidays in the hospital.

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.

Book an appointment by downloading the GiveBlood app or visit blood.ca.

Following this a staff member will go over your questionnaire with you to confirm your answers and give your finger a quick prick to check your hemoglobin levels and test your blood pressure.

Blood and blood products are a critical part of every day medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing disease. All blood types are needed, however, donations from donors with O-negative type blood is in high demand.

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