Urgent need for blood donations in Charlottetown over holiday season

30 December, 2017, 03:09 | Author: Nina Hammond
  • Frigid temps cause drop in United Blood Services donations

Typically the holidays are a slower time for blood donations.

A part-time student at the University of Alberta, Valdez said he walked by the clinic at 8249 114th St. and saw a sign urging people to donate blood.

Blood donations drop about 40 percent during the holiday when the need is high, so United Blood Services Montana is calling for more callers to step forward.

Following this a staff member will go over your questionnaire with you to confirm your answers and give your finger a quick prick to check your hemoglobin levels and test your blood pressure.

Shaun Richer, Canadian Blood Services territory manager for Red Deer and Central Alberta, said the number of donors needed locally is comparable to last Christmas.

"They are really making a difference so we're very grateful to them".

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Canadian Blood Services has seen a notable increase in donations since December 18, when it issued an urgent call for eligible donors to fill 35,000 open appointments across Canada by January 6. But a mobile clinic will be operating in Rocky Mountain House, at Church of the Nazarene, 5340 59th Ave., from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. with 66 open appointments.

United Blood Services of the Dakotas is asking for help to make up for the large decrease in blood donations this holiday season.

"For every donation we collect, donors provide three potential lifesaving gifts to a hospital patient", he says.

It takes about two days for blood to be tested and prepared to send to patients in need.

When the donation of blood is finished, you are asked to rest for five minutes in the chair before heading to the refreshment area where you can relax for 15 minutes with a complimentary cool drink and sweet snack.

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