Canadian Red Cross- Canada's Blood Services

By Ana, Yara, Matea and Adrianna

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  1. The reasoning behind the Canadian blood bank name change was primarily a publicity stunt. The problems the organization faced due to the accusations of discrimination took a huge hit on their public image.
  2. They reinvented themselves and rebuilt the company to try and make sure the people didn't think that they sent donors away just because of their sexuality.
  3. While the fear of AIDS contamination via blood is definitely a real threat, the way they went about it with some cases wasn't considerable at all. Individuals filled out the blood donor form and met all the criteria, but were then turned away because of their sexuality.

    They ended up releasing a statement "Canadian Blood Services does not exclude any potential donor based solely on gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation," but yet this isn't the first incident of mistreatment.

    The whole problem is that the Canadian Blood Services is still trying to recover from the days when Hepatitis C and HIV infected the blood supply in the 80's so they have cause to be cautious but there should still be measures taken to fairly treat the people who are trying to help others by donating blood. There's a huge amount of stereotyping going on because the people being turned away are homosexual, transsexual or transgender.
  4. It may be helpful to compare the risks of receiving the blood product with other risks surrounding the patient's medical treatment
  5. Substitute consent must be obtained for incompetent patients according to provincial or territorial laws
  6. Generally, in emergency situations where treatment is necessary to preserve the life or health of the patient and consent is not available (because the patient is unconscious or otherwise unable to consent) the physician may administer blood products (and any other treatment) necessary to preserve the life or health of the patient.
  7. Exact provisions will vary by province and territory. This does not apply if the patient has expressly refused the treatment before becoming incompetent.
  8. The ethical issues surrounding this topic are
  9. - There are many stereotypes and discrimintation of who can donate such as the ones stated before
  10. - There are many religions who do not believe in blood donating or supplying, and usually get frowned upon for their beliefs
  11. Statistics:
  12. - One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
  13. - Healthy adults who are at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate about a pint of blood
  14. - Every 56 days, or every two months, depending on iron levels.
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