Blood, Plasma Donations Requested Urgently Amid Shortfall Brought by Winter Storm
An urgent plea for blood and plasma donations has been put out by Canadian Blood Services following shortages after the hard winter storm. Blood and plasma donations fell short by about 1,500 which is about 10 percent of the expected collections. The agency also announced a critical need for O-negative blood.
Canadian Blood Services issued a statement today, December 27, stating that blood and plasma collection has been disrupted because of weather conditions. Donors are needed immediately for all communities to help restore the supply. Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services’ chief supply chain officer and vice president of donor relations said, “Weather conditions are presenting significant challenges to our re-distribution opportunities, making national inventory balance a challenge. We urge donors from all communities across Canada, who can safely get to a Canadian Blood Services donation center, to book an appointment as soon as possible to help restore and grow the blood and plasma supply for patients.”
Weather conditions such as icy roads, extremely cold temperatures, and heavy snowfall has led to a shortfall of about 1,500 or 10 percent of the expected blood and plasma collections. This could be further impacted due to continuing weather threats.
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