Canadian Blood Services Urging Blood Donors To Give The Gift Of Life

Canadians are being asked to roll up their sleeves and donate blood. Some hospitals have had to delay treatments or postpone elective surgeries because the national blood inventory as fallen.

On Wednesday Canadian Blood Services started to urge donors to come forward and give the gift of life.

The service said on Tuesday there is currently only a two day reserve for the most common blood types.

Yahoo News reports:

It may surprise Canadians to know that even in good times, we only carry four to six days supply of blood to meet the entire country’s needs, ” said Dr. Graham Sher, CEO of Canadian Blood Services.

“Right now, for the most critical blood types, we are hovering around a two-day supply. This puts the blood system, and Canadians who depend on it, in a vulnerable position. Simply put, we need more donors now.”

About half of those who can donate blood do in Canada. This year though those donors have not been active with only one in 60 rolling up their sleeves.

There are many reasons why eligible people should donate if they can. From the Canadian Blood Services here are some reasons to roll up your sleeves.

* 1 in 2 Canadians say that they or a family member has required blood
* 1 in 2 Canadians can give blood
* 1 in 60 actually has given blood in the past year
* There are 400,000 active blood donors in Canada
* Over 90,000 donors are required each and every month to keep up with hospital demand
* In the last three years, hospital demand is up 3.3 per cent
* Donors can give every 56 days
* A cancer patient can require up to eight units of blood weekly
* A liver transplant may need up to 50 units of blood

If you are over 17 and under 71 you can donate. You must weigh at least 50 kg.(110 pounds). You can give blood every 56 days. You should be in good health and not ill at the time of donation. You will be tested prior to giving blood to make sure your hemoglobin is okay.

If you have had a recent body piercing (including ears) or a tattoo you must wait 6 months to donate.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have more information call 1 888 2 DONATE.

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