(via Canadian Blood Services)
Canadian Blood Services is encouraging residents of Stittsville to give life by donating blood in 2017. More than 72 blood donors are needed at the upcoming clinic at NEXT (6400 Hazeldean Rd) on February 13 from 5pm to 8pm.
Collecting blood during the colder winter months can be challenging because the weather can increasingly keep people indoors and many donors are away for the season.
Additionally, some donors won’t be able to donate as frequently because of new iron eligibility guidelines introduced recently to promote the health and wellness of blood donors.
In December 2016, the donation interval for women increased to twelve weeks, and beginning in March, men will need a higher hemoglobin level to be eligible to donate.
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.