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Wednesday October 1st, 2014

Posted at 5:13pm

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Canadian Blood Services is appealing to all eligible donors to make a blood donation immediately to increase Canada’s critically low blood inventory. All blood donors are needed, in particular those with type O and A blood.

“Without the help of Canadians we may have difficulty meeting the expected hospital demand across the country. For patients, this may mean deferring elective or routine treatments,” says Mark Donnison, Canadian Blood Services vice-president of donor relations. “We are committed to doing everything that we can to bring new blood donors into the system and encourage current donors to regularly donate to ensure we don’t find ourselves in the same situation in the future.”

Officials say that in recent months extremely low attendance at blood donor clinics across Canada in combination with the constant need for blood has caused the national inventory to be used faster than it can be replenished.

This has created the lowest national blood inventory since 2008.

In Windsor, several blood clinics are held weekly.  More information can be found on their website here.

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