Over 22,000 donors needed by Canadian Blood Services before late-August

Aug 15 2018, 12:09 am

The Labour Day weekend is already looking to pose a serious challenge to the Canadian Blood Services (CBS).

With many donors away and busy with summer activities, there’s a desperate need for blood.

Yesterday, on Monday, August 13, the agency announced that more than 22,000 donors are needed across Canada by August 26.

“While Canadians enjoy summer pastimes leading up to and during the last long weekend of the season, we’re urging them to add blood donation to their plans,” says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services’ chief supply chain officer and vice-president of donor relations.

All donors are encouraged to become involved, especially those with Type O blood.

As explained by the agency, O-negative blood is always in demand by hospitals because it’s the only type compatible with other blood types.

In an emergency, when there’s no time to identify the person’s blood type, patients receive O-negative blood.

“Giving blood is a lifesaving habit that will make a real difference in a stranger’s life,” says Prinzen. “New donors are fundamental to meeting Canada’s blood needs over the longer term.”

Those who are unable to donate blood are asked to encourage others in their networks to give on their behalf.

For more information, visit the Canadian Blood Services website.

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