7th Annual Masonic Provincial Blood Drive
For information please contact contact W.Bro. Lea Fraser firstname.lastname@example.org
IF ONE MASON FROM EVERY
DISTRICT DONATED BLOOD, 9 PEOPLE
COULD RECEIVE CANCER TREATMENT
Per the Canadian Blood Services website
Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. That someone could be a loved one, a friend, a co-worker – or even you.
In Canada, roughly 137,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year. We all know that cancer patients often need blood or blood products to survive their treatments.
The number of transplants has increased steadily from 16 per one million Canadians in 1981 to 59 per one million Canadians in 2000. This includes kidney, liver, pancreas, heart, lung and bowel transplants – all of which are lengthy procedures requiring significant amounts of blood.
The number of total hip replacements done in Canada during the same period increased by just under 20 per cent.
As you can see, the need for blood and blood products is rapidly rising—and we need to increase the percentage of eligible Canadians who donate blood.
Types of Donations
Canadian Blood Services is responsible for recruiting blood and bone marrow donors, as well as collecting blood, plasma, and platelets at 41 permanent collection sites and more than 19,000 donor clinics annually.
Canadian Blood Services collects whole blood. Whole blood is comprised of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Some donations are held and transfused as whole blood, others are processed to separate red blood cells and plasma.
All whole blood donations undergo leukoreduction, a process whereby white blood cells are removed. White blood cells often carry viruses and bacteria that can be detrimental to the recovery of the recipient.
Some donors donate plasma through a process called plasmapheresis. The donor’s blood is processed through an apheresis machine that extracts only the plasma and returns the rest of the blood to the donor. Plasma may be transfused into a patient or further processed into other products.
Platelets can be donated through a process called plateletpheresis. The donor’s blood is processed through an apheresis machine, much like in a plasma donation. In this case, only the platelets are collected and the rest of the blood is returned to the donor. All main Canadian Blood Services donor clinics have a plateletpheresis program. Because the plateletpheresis programs differ from location to location, if you are interested in becoming a platelet donor, please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283) during regular business hours and select option "1" from the automated voice system to speak to a member of our medical staff.
In managing the Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry (UBMDR), Canadian Blood Services also collects blood samples for donors who wish to join the Registry. Canadian Blood Services records the specific proteins that make an individual’s bone marrow unique. This information is used to match donors with patients who need bone marrow transplants.
Would you like to become a donor?
Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. Much of the blood that is transfused every year is done under emergency or trauma situations. In Canada, hundreds of thousands of people each year receive blood components or blood products following accidents, during surgery or for cancer treatments, burn therapy, hemophilia and other blood-related diseases.
The average amount of blood in one person is five litres or 10.5 pints
There are approximately 450 ml of blood in a unit
On average, 4.6 units of blood are required per patient
In 2004/2005 Canadian Blood Services collected approximately 850,000 units of whole blood
Would you like to become a donor?
Masonic Blood Donor Committee
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