NEW BRUNSWICK — New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC) calls all negative blood types to donate at the New Brunswick donor room at 167 New Street on Sunday, Jan. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All donors will receive unique “positively negative” T-shirts after donating.
Since January is National Blood Donor month, NJBS is appeal to donors with O-negative, Rh-negative, A-negative, B-negative, and AB negative blood types to donate on Jan. 2 and help replenish the negative blood supply.
People with O-negative blood are known as the “universal donors” because their blood can be transfused into anyone. Type O-negative blood is found in just 6 percent of the population, but is used more often by patients with other blood types, especially in emergency rooms and trauma situations. It is also used in exchange transfusions for newborn babies and pregnant women, and for premature babies in intensive care units.
The need for blood is constant. Healthy people of all blood types are encouraged to donate immediately. Stormy winter weather is inevitable and the possibility of blood drive cancellations can place additional pressure on supply. Hospital use of blood products remains high — due to surgeries, emergencies and care of cancer patients. About one in seven people entering a hospital will need blood.
Traditionally, blood is in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. January, in particular, can be a difficult month for blood centers to collect donations, as approximately 15% of regional blood collection comes from high schools and colleges, many of which have winter recess this month.
To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org
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