Enhanced wellness measures are in effect in our donor centres
When a donor, employee or volunteer walks through our doors they can take comfort in knowing that we are taking proactive steps to limit the risk of infection.
Following the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and international blood operators, enhanced cleaning, physical distancing measures and wellness screening checkpoints for all individuals are now in place at donor sites.
Our team is consistently monitoring and assessing whether additional measures are necessary to protect the health and safety of donors, employees and volunteers. Here is an overview of the measures we currently have in place:
Enhanced cleaning measures
- The frequency of cleaning has been increased for all equipment and surfaces.
- Donor beds are wiped down after every use.
- Laminated donor pamphlets are wiped down after every use. Pamphlets that are not laminated are single use.
- Plastic Ziploc bags containing donor materials are single use.
- We continue to review our cleaning products to ensure they effectively kill viruses on a variety of surfaces. For example, we currently use Lysol disinfecting wipes or a bleach dilution for cleaning and are advised by a senior expert in microbiology on the proper concentration to kill viruses while ensuring the air is still safe to breathe.
Physical distancing measures
- We are limiting the number of people allowed inside donor centres by welcoming people with appointments only.
- Donors in beds are now 2 metres feet apart.
- Waiting room chairs are now 2 metres apart.
- Staff and donors are being asked to keep a two metre distance from each other where possible.
Additional wellness protocols
- Donors are pre-screened when they book their appointment and receive reminder emails prior to their arrival with this information restated.
- Donors will be greeted by an employee before entering our buildings to carefully evaluate whether they are feeling well enough to enter. Donors will be asked to defer, and employees/volunteers will be asked not to enter the building if they are symptomatic.
- Once inside the building, all donors, employees and volunteers will be instructed to sanitize their hands before proceeding further. Hand sanitizer and other hand washing means are available throughout the donor centre.
For more information on our wellness protocols and COVID-19, visit blood.ca/COVID19.