Canadian Blood Services under strain as eased COVID-19 rules increase demand
|globalnews.ca 29 Jul 2021 at 08:27|
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A return to a somewhat normal summer as COVID-19 restrictions are eased is putting a strain on Canada’s blood supply .
Several provinces have started lifting restrictions – most notably Alberta , British Columbia and Saskatchewan – and demand is up as a result.
“As provinces slowly open up, there’s some return to normal activities. Hospital demand is increasing,” said Tracy Smith, the Prairies and Northwest Territories donor relations director for the Canadian Blood Service.
“You can imagine that they are trying to catch up with some of the backlogs, some of those surgeries that were put on hold during the pandemic. They’re trying to get those in … (and) blood products are becoming more in demand.”