CLARK – New Jersey Blood Services will hold a special “O” blood drive at Clark Volunteer Rescue Squad, 875 Raritan Road, on Monday, July 6 from 2 to 7:30 p.m. This unique drive will be open particularly to individuals who have type “O” blood.
Type O blood is regularly in short supply, but especially during the summer months when schools are on recess and student donations decrease, adding to the decrease in donations from people on vacation.
According to NJBS officials, type O negative blood, which is found in just 6 percent of the population, is needed more often by patients than any other blood type. People with O negative blood can be transfused into virtually anyone
Type O negative blood is needed frequently in emergency rooms and trauma units and can also be used for exchange transfusions for newborn babies and pregnant women, and for premature babies in intensive care units.
Individuals with type O-positive blood can give to 85 percent of the population, including those with types A-positive, B-positive, AB-positive and O-positive blood. Although O-positive is the most common blood type, shortages occur because of its value to so many patients.
While the appeal for the July 6th drive has been made in particular to individuals with types O-negative and O-positive blood, people with all blood types are asked to donate that day. Bring a friend, no matter what his or her blood type and help NJBS in its mission to save lives.
Donors must be 17 years of age, or 16 with parental consent, weigh 110 pounds and in generally good health. Persons 75 years of age and older must present a letter from their doctor stating they are healthy to donate.
To make an appointment to donate, or to run a blood drive in your community, call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566) or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
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