Canadian Blood Services

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Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services, Head Office, Ottawa, ON.JPG
The Canadian Blood Services Head Office building, 1800 Alta Vista, Ottawa, ON.
Motto It's in you to give
Formation 1998
Type Non-profit
Purpose To manage the blood and blood products supply for Canadians.
Headquarters Ottawa, Canada
Region served Canada
Key people Dr. Graham D. Sher, CEO
Budget ~$1 billion [1]
Staff 4,700
Volunteers 17,000

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 (formerly Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry) and is taking steps to increase transplant opportunities for patients by collecting and storing umbilical cord blood stem cells from Canadian donors. A separate organization, Héma-Québec, operates in the province of Quebec. A team of 4,700 staff and 17,000 volunteers help Canadian Blood Services operate 41 permanent collection sites, three bloodmobiles, eight OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network field sites and more than 22,000 donor clinics annually.[2] It was created in 1998 as a successor to the Canadian Red Cross blood program and the Canadian Blood Agency, on recommendation of the Krever Commission. It took over the responsibilities of Canadian blood systems starting from September 26, 1998.

Canadian Blood Services collects approximately 850,000 units of blood annually and processes it into the components and products that are administered to thousands of patients each year through blood transfusions.[citation needed] In addition to donating whole blood, some locations also offer platelets and blood plasma donations.[citation needed]

While Canadian Blood Services is not a government agency, it does receive its funding from the provincial and territorial ministries of health, and is regulated by Health Canada.[citation needed]

On August 12, 2008, Canadian Blood Services announced that it would work with the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation to significantly improve organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Canada.[citation needed] Canadian Blood Services received government funding of $35 million over five years to proceed with this new mandate.[citation needed]

Canadian Blood Services is governed by an independent Board of Directors. Current directors include: Ms. Leah Hollins (Chair), Robert H. Teskey, Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, Dr. Christopher Carruthers, R. Wayne Gladstone, Dr. Gary Glavin, Mr. Henry J. Pankratz FCA , Ms. Elaine Sibson , Ms. Suromitra Sanatani, Mr. Dunbar Russel , The Honourable Denis Losier, Mr. Mike Shaw , and Mr. Craig Knight . The Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Blood Services is Dr. Graham Sher, and the Chief Supply Chain Officer is Ian Mumford.[citation needed]

There are several reasons why individuals can be deferred from donating blood, including intravenous drug use, living in the U.K. for certain periods of time, coming from an HIV-endemic country, as well HIV high risk activity.[3]

MSM Ban[edit]

On May 22, 2013 Canadian Blood Services announced that the deferral period as prescribed and enforced by Health Canada for men who have had sex with men (MSM) would be decreased from a ban for "even once since 1977" to "five years from last MSM [sexual] activity" by the summer of 2013.[4] The new policy came into effect on July 22, 2013.[5]

Some countries, such as Britain, allow MSM donations after a 12 month deferral period,[6] although other nations, such as the United States, maintain a complete lifetime ban.[7]

Blood Collection Services Offered[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[8] 488 mL (1 United States liquid pint) of blood is collected during a blood donation.


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