Rahway National Night Out Helping With Severe Summer Blood Shortage

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RAHWAY – In conjunction with Rahway’s Aug. 5 National Night Out event at The Union County Arts Center at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway PBA Local  31 is sponsoring a blood drive from 6 to 9 p.m.

This drive is intended to help with the severe summer blood shortage. To schedule an appointment, call Bill Eicholz at 1-732-827-2079.  Walk-in donors are also welcome.

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New Jersey faces continuing shortages of blood donations and must import blood regularly from other states.  Donations are needed every day to meet the needs of New Jersey hospitals for the patients who require transfusions.

Blood center officials note that each unit of blood donated is broken down into several components including platelets, plasma, and red cells so one donation can save up to three lives.

The donation process is safe and simple.  Donors are first asked medical history questions and given a mini-health check, including pulse, blood pressure, and iron level.

The entire process of donating blood generally takes 45 minutes.  Donors will receive a free cholesterol screening.

Donors must weight 120 pounds and be in general good health.  There is no upper age limit for donors provided they meet health requirements.  Donors should bring a signed or picture form of identification and know their Social Security number.  They should also eat a meal one hour before donating and drink plenty of water.

People with a fever or sore throat should wait until they are feeling better before donating, and there is a 24-hour deferral for teeth cleanings and fillings.

Sixteen years olds can now donate blood in the state of New Jersey with parental/guardian consent. Consent forms will be available at the blood drive.

For those who have recently traveled outside of the United States and for other eligibility questions, please call the blood center at 973-676-4700, ext. 132.


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