Canadian Blood Services has called for more than 30,000 blood donors across the country to book and keep their appointments until Jan. 6 to ensure blood and blood products are available to help patients this holiday season.
Canadian Blood Services is predicting the risk of a low supply of platelets — a vital blood component with a seven-day shelf life. This is a result of the timing of Christmas and New Year’s, which will result in fewer collection opportunities.
Platelets help make blood clot and are used in the treatment of many serious conditions. One of the most common uses for platelets is to treat cancer patients.
Canadian Blood Services uses two methods to obtain platelets. Pooled platelets are produced by separating platelets from whole blood after donation. Platelets can also be separated from whole blood during donation using a process called apheresis.
To book a blood donation appointment, locate a donor centre, check your eligibility to donate blood and more, download the GiveBlood app available for iOS on the App Store or for Android on Google Play or go online to blood.ca.
The next Kamloops clinics will be held at the Calvary Community Church, 1205 Rogers Way in Aberdeen, on Monday, Jan. 1, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Book online at www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283.