NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center is calling upon the community to give blood this month. O and B negative red cell inventories have decreased sharply over the Thanksgiving weekend to 3.0 days and 2.0 days supply respectively.
O and B negative blood is particularly needed immediately, but healthy people of all blood types and ethnicities are encouraged to donate today to help make certain that our region is prepared for predictable blood needs and any unexpected contingencies over the holiday season.
Most notably, people with O-negative blood are known as “universal donors” because their blood can be transfused into anyone. Type O-negative blood is found in just 7 percent of the population, but is used more often by patients with other blood types, especially in emergency rooms and trauma situations. It is used in exchange transfusions for newborn babies and pregnant women, and for premature babies in intensive care units.
Hospital use of blood products remains high—due to surgeries, emergencies and care of cancer patients. About one in seven people entering a hospital needs blood.
To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org. To schedule your own blood drive, contact Marie Forrestal at 1-732-220-7184 or email Mforrestal@nybloodcenter.org. If you cannot donate but still wish to participate in bringing lifesaving products to those in need, consider volunteering at a local blood drive.
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