Legislative District 04

Posted on: September 12, 2014

09/12/14 - New York Blood Center Declares Emergency Blood Appeal - Please Donate

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New York Blood Center (NYBC) Declares Emergency Blood Appeal

Summer slowdown leaves blood supply dangerously low; less than two-day supply of O-negative “Universal Donor” blood on hand, with insufficient scheduled blood collections.

As the region heads into the Fall season, New York Blood Center (NYBC) has issued an emergency blood appeal, reporting that community supplies of all types of donor blood are at critically low levels.

In the wake of this shortage, NYBC has issued an urgent call for potential blood donors. NYBC reports that while it is distributing more blood than last year at this time, the summer vacation months have been particularly hard on blood donations and supplies.

To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive,

Please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566 / Visit: www.nybloodcenter.org

“More than one-quarter of our community’s blood supply comes from high school and college blood drives,” said NYBC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Beth Shaz. “So when school is out, our blood supply dwindles. That’s why we’re asking all potential blood donors to roll up their sleeves and give at this critical time of year.”

“While we’re confident in our ability to supply our partner hospitals, it’s critical that we all pitch in by donating blood to ensure that supplies aren’t further diminished in the days ahead,” Dr. Shaz said. “When you give blood, you give the gift of life. So in this time of need, add blood donation to your back-to-school checklist!”

Each and every day there are patients who depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive– including those with cancer, leukemia, and victims of accidents and other traumas. But blood and blood products can only come from volunteer blood donors who take an hour or so out of their busy schedule to attend a blood drive or visit a donor center. With a limited shelf life, blood supplies must be continually replenished.

Some Facts to Keep in Mind About Our Blood Supply:
•People with O-negative blood are known as “universal donors” because their blood can be transfused to anyone. Type O-negative blood is found in just six percent of the population, and is often transfused to patients with other blood types in emergency rooms and trauma situations.
•People of all blood types and ethnicities are encouraged to donate, and are critical to maintaining the diversity of Greater New York’s blood supply.
•Car accident and trauma victims may need 50 or more blood transfusions.
•Police officers can be injured in the line of duty. First responders also face great danger during emergencies.
•People can donate one pint of whole blood every 56 days and platelets every three days.

Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. NYBC also offers special community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during summer months. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People over 75 may donate with a doctor’s note.

About New York Blood Center: New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the nation's largest non-profit, community-based blood centers. For almost 50 years, NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to hospitals serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program, the world's largest public cord blood bank. NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion, and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals along with consultative services in transfusion medicine.

Please visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/newyorkbloodcenter. Follow us on Twitter: @NY_BloodCenter. Website: www.nybloodcenter.org

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