A long weekend is not a good time to be low on blood at the blood-bank.
Judy Jones is Associate Regional Director of Canadian Blood Services, and she tells us exactly how they’re hoping you’ll come through.
“We have an immediate need for new and returning donors to fill a gap of 32,000 units by Labor day. Locally, in Edmonton and the Edmonton area, we need over 2000 units, or donors, to come and help support local patients in hospital before the long weekend.”
Jones says summertime is slow for blood donations, “and with the long weekend coming around the corner, and people travelling, and it’s the last long weekend before people go back to school, we just want to make sure that we are getting the units in there for the patients who need them this holiday season.”
Alberta as a whole needs 4000 units.
Jones says they have more than 600 open slots on their Edmonton appointment book, and they’re hoping you’ll take the time to give the gift of life.
All blood types are needed, but type O is in the highest demand. That’s the universal donor, and in an emergency it’s the go-to when a patient needs a transfusion but there’s not time to test for their blood type.