New Canadian Blood Services Iron Guidelines Mean More Donors Needed

Monday October 24th, 2016

Posted at 6:27pm


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Canadian Blood Services is changing its guidelines for iron levels to further promote health and wellness among blood donors.

Starting December 10th, female donors will need to wait 12 weeks between blood donations, replacing the current eight week waiting period. The minimum allowable hemoglobin level for male donors will increase starting March 5th, 2017 from 125 g/L to 130 g/L.

“We continue to promote the health and wellness of donors as they donate the important and generous gift of life,” says Michael Betel, Director of Donor Relations (Ontario). “Many donors will not be able to donate as often, so others must step forward to fill this gap by giving blood and encouraging friends and family to make giving a part of their lives.”

Patients are relying on 100,000 new donors from across the country to give blood this year alone. More new donors are needed right now to help save lives.

Here in Windsor, 246 new blood donors are needed within the next four weeks.

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