Coronavirus: Canadian Blood Services asking healthy donors to keep appointments

Canadian Blood Services says it’s concerned by a recent spike in appointment cancellations in several cities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s asking donors, who are healthy, to keep their appointments to prevent shortages.

Patients depend on these lifesaving donations,” stated Dr. Isra Levy, Canadian Blood Services’ vice-president of medical affairs and innovation.

“Every day they are needed for patients undergoing surgery and cancer treatment, as well as to save lives following traumas such as motor vehicle accidents.”

The organization reports the current inventory is strong, but says the recent increase in cancellations is worrying, particularly in light of blood shortages already being reported in other countries affected by COVID-19.

It’s reiterating that donating blood in Canada is safe and that there are robust cleaning and infection-control measures in place to protect all donors, staff and volunteers.

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