LHSC staff helping to meet the need for blood

Community encouraged to roll up its sleeves before the long weekend

August 3, 2012

London Health Sciences Centre is pleased to announce it has already exceeded its initial blood donation target by 237% just halfway into its first year of the Canadian Blood Services’ “Partners for Life” program.

Staff, physicians, students and volunteers have donated 202 units of blood; more than double the initial 2012 goal of 85 units.

“I am extremely proud of the commitment our extraordinary group of care providers has made to helping replenish the blood supply that our critically ill patients rely upon,” says Bonnie Adamson, LHSC President and CEO. “Their outstanding support for this vital community service is just one more way we can continue to provide exceptional experiences for our patients.”

 While LHSC has made tremendous progress in its blood donation targets, the need for blood is always high, particularly during the summer long weekends when the number of traumatic injuries tends to rise—requiring more blood. As an acute care hospital, LHSC cares for the most medically complex and critically ill patients in the region and having a stable blood supply is a key factor in being able to care for these patients. LHSC asks that all members of the community who are eligible to donate blood consider rolling up their sleeves.

“Blood is a very precious resource and we rely one hundred per cent on volunteer donors to maintain this vital link in our health care,” says Dr. Ian Chin-Yee, a hematologist at LHSC and head of the hospital’s blood bank.

Dr. Chin donating blood

Demonstrating his commitment to blood donation is Dr. Ian Chin-Yee, a hematologist at LHSC and head of the hospital’s blood bank. With the potential for increased road traumas in the summer months, the need for maintaining a stable blood supply is especially important, as one trauma patient can require up to 50 units of blood or blood product to survive.












 “The increased number of road traumas in the summer can put a strain on the blood system,” says Judy Compton, Director of Donor & Clinic Services, Canadian Blood Services, Southern Ontario region. “We need donors to help us maintain a constant supply of blood, especially when you consider that a single car accident victim may require up to 50 units of blood and blood products to survive. Donors make all the difference in the lives of patients—and their families.”

 Partners for Life is a nationwide program designed for corporate and community organizations. The need for blood products in the city of London is ongoing, and patients undergoing treatment for illnesses and injuries such as cancer, surgery, and trauma depend on a stable supply of blood year round. Nearly every single blood donation collected in the London region is used to treat patients in the city.