Sum­mer slow­down at Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices is a prob­lem

The Peterborough Examiner - - Opinion -

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

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