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Poor Weather Hampers Blood Donations

By Tyler Sutherland

Canadian Blood ServicesCanadian Blood Services is in need of 31,000 donations over the next three weeks to make up for cancelled clinics due to extreme weather in late December.

“It’s been a stormy start to 2014. While we’ve weathered the storm by leveraging our national reserves to ensure patient needs are met, we now need Canadians to help replenish national supplies by booking an appointment and giving blood in January,” said Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations.

Between January 13 and February 1, Canadian Blood Services forecasts 31,000 appointments need to be filled — including more than 3,600 appointments in Manitoba. The recent clinic cancellations coupled with constant hospital demand, have also created an immediate need for more O negative and A negative blood donations.

“A blizzard may stop us in our tracks, but the need for blood keeps on going—especially when it comes to blood types that are in high demand, like O negative blood.”

To book an appointment, visit Blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

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