June 28, 2014 7:43 pm

Canadian Blood Services inventory dips to five-year low

On Saturday, dozens of Reginans heeded Canadian Blood Services call at Regina's Broad Street blood donor clinic.

Matt Myers / Global News

REGINA – Canadian Blood Services is appealing for more blood donors as its inventory dips to a five-year seasonal low, and supply is being used up faster than usual.

“Most blood that’s donated in Canada is used within 10 days of the actual donation. So, right now, it’s even less than that,” said James Topinka, territory manager for Canadian Blood Services.

The downward trend in donations is a worry for the organization. It can take up to 50 blood donors to save the life of just one person injured in a car crash.

Holidays normally mean a greater need for blood donations. This weekend, a super-sized long weekend for many who are taking Monday on top of Canada Day off, has emphasized the need.

“We want to urge people and remind them that even though they take holidays, the need for blood doesn’t,” said Topinka. “With Canada Day, do something patriotic, come in, donate blood, and you’re helping save Canadian lives.”

There is a significant need for type O and A donors.

All Regina blood clinics are now closed up to July 2nd. To book an appointment, visit Blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE.

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