South Texas Blood Bank sees drop in blood donations

Lifeblood needs eligible Ipswich residents to roll up their sleeves for donations

Lifeblood needs eligible Ipswich residents to roll up their sleeves for donations

Current national levels of blood are strong, but there is one need, O negative blood.

"At any time we're days away from having a shortage particularly of platelets and rare blood types".

"Individual and group cancellations can have a dramatic impact on patients in Canada who continue to need blood products to treat cancers, trauma, and many surgeries", said Delphine Denis, a Canadian Blood Services' spokesperson. She says she understands that right now it's tough to pick up extra items at the store, and people can instead donate what they can online.

"We certainly are anxious we're in that space right now".

"We ask if you've traveled to those areas that you defer your donation for 28 days".

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Dr. Isra Levy of Canadian Blood Services says there has been a jump in appointment cancellations across the country. Through March 13, about 1,500 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in more than 46,000 fewer blood donations.

Dr. Straus says the need for blood continues regardless of what is going on. All prospective donors are carefully screened for symptoms of illness, including mild ones. Those with symptoms are not allowed to donate.

"What we really want to encourage our donors to remember is that this is an essential service. So, we would just urge anyone that's healthy, that's eligible, that's well - just celebrate your good health and come save a life", Hale said.

"Our donor centres are islands of wellness within Canada's health system". "Our robust cleaning and infection-control practices protect all donors, staff and volunteers", the charity said.

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