OTTAWA -- Canadian Blood Services is urging eligible Canadians to give blood, as the national inventory remains at a critically low level.
Approximately 10,000 donations are still needed by March 10 to continue to meet patient's needs this spring.
"We've had an increase in donations across Canada since February 20 when we urged 35,000 new and returning donors to give blood," said Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services chief supply chain officer.
"We're pleased collections in many areas have improved, but floods in Ontario and a late snowfall in B.C. hampered our efforts to replenish the national blood supply to levels we need. With less than a week to go in our urgent call for blood donors, we still have thousands of open appointments to donate blood," he added.
Given its short shelf life Canadian Blood Services is in constant need of new donations. Cancer patients, accident victims and people with blood disorders rely on blood transfusions every day.
Less than 4% of eligible donors give blood each year.
"Many Canadians have stepped up to help patients by donating blood or asking someone to donate on their behalf and more are needed," says Prinzen. "Spring is a time for renewal and celebrating life. We hope people remember that developing a habit of including blood donation in your routine is one of the most direct ways you can help someone."
To find a nearby donation site visit blood.ca, download the GiveBlood app or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1 888 236-6283). Walk in appointments are also available at all locations.