Canada’s current blood supply is dangerously low with a current blood supply of only three to four days for some blood types.
Alarmingly row rates of donations
The nationwide inventory has dropped over 35 percent since October according to Canadian Blood Services (CBS). The current donor base is the smallest it’s been in a decade according to the organization.
Higher demand with current weather conditions
With the current weather conditions, lots of snow ice and slush, blood donations are needed more than ever. This type of weather increases the number of trauma events leading to a higher demand for blood.
The pandemics impact
The pandemic has negatively affected many things and blood donations is no exception. CBS has lost roughly 31,000 regular donors since the start of the pandemic. With donor numbers already low before the pandemic this raises a lot of concern for blood inventory.
Changes to regulations for men who have sex with men
As of September 6, 2022, CBS made changes to regulations for blood donation concerning men who have sex with men. They will now be able to donate blood with no deferral period. CBS will screen ALL blood and plasma donors regardless of their gender or sexuality for high-risk sexual behaviour.
How to book an appointment and eligibility
The agency warns that “this is not sustainable” and something needs to change. If you are able and willing to donate blood you could save up to three lives. Appointments can be booked through the Giveblood app, by calling 1-888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283), or through their website.
Take the eligibility quiz here.
The Saint John location to donate blood is located at 405 University avenue which is a walkable distance from the university and is less than a five-minute drive.