Triplets mark birthday by becoming first-time blood donors: For their seventeenth birthday, Samantha, Jeanne and Veronica Cook didn’t want to receive gifts. Instead, the triplets wanted to celebrate by donating blood. The triplets all have O-negative blood, making them universal donors. “We know that there’s always a need for blood and that some donors are staying home because of COVID-19,” says Jeanne. “By donating, maybe we’ll inspire other people to come forward.” Read more about the triplets’ selfless birthday celebration and how they were inspired to donate on blood.ca/stories.
Recognizing diversity, equity and inclusion celebratory days: Through the months of June to August, we will be recognizing and celebrating the unique heritage and cultures of diverse groups in Canada. Andrew Pateman, vice-president of people, culture and performance, shares his thoughts on these celebratory days and on diversity, equity and inclusion at Canadian Blood Services. Watch the video on Connect.
Question of the day: Should washrooms in donor centres be cleaned after each donor use? Since we have to clean equipment such as screening booths and beds after each use, could this be clarified?
We clean equipment between donations to contribute to donor confidence and to limit the risk of spread.
Washroom cleaning every two-three hours is part of our enhanced cleaning measures in place to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not require the washrooms to be cleaned between each donor because unlike other touchpoints in the donation process, donors have access to wash their hands before and after use. Handwashing is the preferred method of hand hygiene to protect employees, volunteers and donors.
The enhanced cleaning measures in place exceed what is currently recommending by the Public Health Agency of Canada to limit the risk of spreading the virus.
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