Canadian Blood Services is urging all healthy eligible blood donors to book and keep their appointments as there has been a recent spike in appointment cancellations in several cities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canadian Blood Services is reminding Canadians that the need is constant for blood, stem cells, plasma and organ and tissue donors.
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Canadian Blood Services operates a national blood inventory where products are regularly shifted around the country to meet hospital and patient needs. The Organisation said that, though the inventory is currently strong, the recent increase in cancellations is worrying, particularly in light of the blood shortages already being reported in other countries affected by COVID-19.
“Patients depend on these lifesaving donations,” says Dr. Isra Levy, Canadian Blood Services’ vice-president of medical affairs and innovation. “Every day they are needed for patients undergoing surgery and cancer treatment, as well as to save lives following traumas such as motor vehicle accidents.”
Canadian Blood Services is reminding Canadians that donating blood in Canada is safe as Canadian Blood Services’ robust cleaning and infection-control practices protect all donors, staff, and volunteers.
Canadian Blood Services adheres to the latest guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada including all recommendations for public gatherings during COVID-19.
All prospective donors are also carefully screened for any symptoms of illness, including very mild ones. This screening occurs during both appointment booking and upon arrival at the donor centre or event. Those with any symptoms are not allowed to donate blood and are instructed not to visit.