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Canadian Blood Services

What is Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the blood supply in all provinces and territories of Canada, outside of Quebec, and oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network and is taking steps to increase transplant opportunities for patients by collecting and storing umbilical cord blood stem cells from Canadian donors.

Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services

What is the working language

Canadian Blood Services uses an electronic applicant tracking system. It is recommended that resumes be provided in English to ensure maximum visibility by our recruiters. Resumes provided in French will be translated by our internal translation department.

Stricter iron guidelines for donors

Canadian Blood Services announced today it’s changing guidelines for donor iron levels. The agency said in a statement the change is needed to further promote health and wellness among blood donors, as well as to ensure that recipients receive quality red blood cells.

Different rules for men and women

Male donors will be able to donate as often as before every 56 days but they’ll need to pass a slightly stricter hemoglobin test. The minimum allowable hemoglobin level for male donors will increase from 125 grams per litre, to 130 grams per litre. It’s possible to have normal hemoglobin levels, but to have low iron stores overall, says Canadian Blood Services. However, the results also show that female donors should allow more time to pass between donations to prevent low iron stores, which is why we’ve changed the maximum number of donations specifically for females to four times a year, or every 84 days.

For First Time Donors

  1. In good general heath, feeling well and able to perform your normal activities

  2. At least 17 years old

  3. Meet our height and weight requirements if you are between 17 and 23 years old. Use our chart below to determine if you are ready to donate.

Blood collection services offered

Canadian Blood Services collection services vary across Canada but typical services include: whole blood collection, plasmapheresis, plateletpheresis, and stem cell and bone marrow collection and matching. Whole blood collection is the shortest process of those listed above and at over 850,000 units collected per year, is the primary blood collection service offered by Canadian Blood Services.

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