Canadian Blood Services puts out plea for O- donors
EDMONTON — While the need for blood is constant, Canadian Blood Services is asking donors with type O- to step up and help.
Robyn Westbrook, territory manager with Canadian Blood Services, said there is not a shortage of O- blood in the banks, but they’re putting out the call to rebuild their stock.
“We use O negative blood for so many more reasons than just people who have O negative blood; any time that time is of the essence and we’re not able to test the blood, brand new babies, and then of course for the O negative donors as well,” Westbrook said from the Edmonton clinic Monday.
The process of donating blood takes about one hour. Once you register and have your iron level tested, donors answer a few questions before blood is drawn. The physical donation only takes between five and 10 minutes.
One donation equals one unit of blood. Blood and blood products are a critical part of everyday medical care, including surgeries, cancer treatments and other medical procedures. For example, a person going through leukemia treatment can need upwards of eight units of blood per week.
“Every time someone is in a car accident we could use up to 50 units of blood for just one vehicle accident,” Westbrook said. “We really are using this blood and needing it constantly.”
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