There is a dire need for blood across the country right now. That is according to Canadian Blood Services which says they require 57,000 open appointments to be filled before the end of August. The organization says that they will need 100,000 new donors this year to keep up with the need for blood. At the Plasma Donor Centre in Lethbridge, over 1500 plasma donation appointments are needed to be filled as well before the end of August. The Manager of Business Development for the centre, Brenna Scott, explains the difference between blood, platelets and plasma.
“There are three main parts of your blood. There’s your red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, and then your plasma. Plasma is the part of your blood that holds the bodies blood cells and platelets. It’s a pale yellow colour, and about 55 per cent of your bodies total blood volume. Plasma then helps protect us from infection, repair healed tissues, and helps control bleeding and clots. Because we’re just collecting the plasma here at the centre, we are giving those red blood cells back to you. Donors are able to donate more frequently. Men are able to donate every seven days and women every 14 days.”
When you make your way into the donor centre there is free Wi-Fi, phone chargers, and headphones that can be used during the experience. You can also watch TV during your donation. During the month of August the centre also has a daily giveaway contest where a lucky participant will receive a $50 gas gift card. If you’re thinking of donating there are some sweet snacks provided by Lakeview Bakery and Deli until the end of August.
Staff from the centre will also be making their way to Whoop Up Days this summer and will be able to answer questions about the donation process.