Aug 09, 2022
By Jane Brown
There are only a few days worth of O-plus blood-type supply as Canadian Blood Services calls for donors to book appointments.
As of Monday, CBS says they have four days worth of the universal blood type, and about a week’s supply left of A-plus and B-plus.
The agency’s website, Blood.ca, has a tally of the number of days supply will last for specific blood types, which is updated regularly.
“All blood types are important but there’s a constant need for O Negative blood donors,” said CBS spokesperson Delphine Denis in an email. “In emergency situations when there’s no time to confirm a patient’s blood type, O-negative blood can mean the difference between life and death.”
Some donors cancelled appointments after the organization made masking optional at the end of July. The agency said it made the decision after consulting medical and epidemiology experts.
The group says it needs 57,000 potential donors across Canada (excluding Quebec, which has a separate agency) to make appointments before the end of August to ensure there’s enough supply for patients who need it.
The number of people who donate regularly is said to have dropped by 31,000 during the pandemic, leaving Canadian Blood Services with the smallest donor base in a decade.
Listen for more on the blood shortage and how you can help during Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, Tuesday between noon and 1pm.