MAY 17, 2022 (OTTAWA) – Canadian Blood Services is feeling the strain to collect blood, platelets, and plasma following an increase in appointment cancellations and low attendance at donor centres across Canada.
April 28, 2022 (OTTAWA) — Canadian Blood Services is pleased to share that Health Canada has approved our request to remove eligibility criteria specific to men who have sex with men and instead focus on sexual behaviour associated with higher risk of infection among all donors.
We manage the national supply of blood products for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). Many variables can impact our inventory such as weather, holidays or tragic events. Below is an overview of our inventory levels across all blood types.
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Plasma is the protein-rich liquid in our blood responsible for circulating blood cells and platelets throughout our bodies. For many patients with a wide range of diseases, plasma can save or improve their lives.
Fewer than 25 per cent of recipient patients who need stem cell transplants find a compatible donor in their own family. The rest must rely on the sincere generosity of unrelated donors who have committed to being part of Canada’s Lifeline.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives; tissue and eye donors can improve the lives of up to 75 more. Register to become a donor. Talk to your loved ones about organs and tissue donation and encourage them to register as well.
There are many ways to donate. You can give one-time or recurring financial donations, organize group donations in collaboration with other organizations or communities, sponsor a donation event or even volunteer your time.