Summer slowdown at Canadian Blood Services is a problem
On behalf of Canadian Blood Services
I’d like to urge the residents of Peterborough to make an appointment to donate blood over the summer months.
Summer is traditionally a difficult time for us to collect blood. With people away or busy with other activities, there tend to be fewer blood donations during the summer. But cancer patients, accident victims, and people with blood disorders rely on blood transfusions every day. While all blood types are needed, O-negative blood is in particular demand by hospitals because it is the only type compatible with all other blood types. O-negative blood is used in the most critical situations. When seconds count and somebody’s life is on the line, there’s no time to check their blood type. In an emergency, all patients can receive O-negative blood.
What many people may not know is that every year, close to 40 per cent of all blood donors stop donating for 12 months or more for a number of reasons. Patients, however, continue to need blood for treatment of various medical conditions. With its limited shelf life, blood is in constant demand.
One in two Canadians is eligible to give blood; however, last year only one in 60 eligible people actually donated.
We need your help to fill 704 appointments before the end of July in Peterborough. In the month of June we fell short of our collection goal and only collected 80% of our goal. I hope that existing donors will carry on assisting their neighbours, and I encourage those in the area who have never donated to book their first appointment. New donors are critical to meeting Canada’s future blood needs and are encouraged to take the online eligibility quiz and make an appointment to give the gift of blood.
Canadian Blood Services’ clinic in Peterborough operates every Tuesday through Friday and every other Saturday. Please make an appointment to give blood by downloading the GiveBlood app, call 1-888 2DONATE(236-6283) or visiting blood.ca.
Somewhere, a patient and their family will be thankful! Debbi Barfoot, territory manager, Peterborough, Canadian Blood Services