Canadian Blood Services is launching another electronic registration system, which it trusts will eliminate donation times the nation over. The rollout will reach St. John’s, and comes pretty much as blood donation centers achieve an especially needy time of year. In Newfoundland and Labrador alone, 3,200 individual donations are required between July 1 and September for the Canadian Blood Services to achieve its objective.
Gordon Skiffington, a facilitator with the group in St. John’s, is trusting the new system can get individuals through the facility quicker than normal. “Our goal is to get our donors in the door, and out as quickly as possible, especially during the summer months,” Skiffington expressed. “People don’t want to be sitting around, they want to be out enjoying the beach, enjoying all the summer activities,” he adds.
The registration is paperless- Blood donation centers are cutting the paper registration form that as of now should be filled out each time a donor visits. Beginning July 4, givers will have the capacity to fill out their enrollment at home, before their visit. On the other hand, they can take full advantage the new iPad units introduced in the centers. Right now, giving blood usually takes 60 minutes, including the registration. With the new system, Canadian Blood Services is planning to chop the procedure down to 44 minutes, says Skiffington. “It will speed up the donation process and make it a little bit easier to give blood than it did before,” he states.
Summer Woes- Summer is commonly a moderate time of year for blood centers, according to Skiffington. He says a number of the regular contributors are out on holiday, and not coming in as frequently. “And the need for blood is constant, we need every single blood type, every single day of the year.”
Skiffington says blood donation centers work just with a 3-5 day moving stock, contrary to popular belief. The rash of mischances in the St. John’s area as of late has not been helping the neighborhood clinic, either. “One unit is from one donor, so it may take up to fifty people to help somebody in a major car crash,” Skiffington says.