Winter Storms Slam Blood Collection

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STATE – New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC) is calling upon the communities it serves, to please donate whole blood and platelets in the next few days, since major blood drives were cancelled due to yesterday’s snow storm and last week’s blizzard leaving blood supplies low in area hospitals.

Last week’s blizzard was responsible for the cancellation of many blood drives throughout the state, amounting to the loss of more than 2,000 units throughout the NYBC regions, leaving area hospitals with a depleted blood supply. An additional loss of 1,350 units, due to today’s cancellations, have added to the shortfall.

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Blood donors are asked to visit www.nybloodcenter.org for the latest information regarding cancellations, and to call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566) to make an appointment to donate. Area businesses, local governments and community groups are also asked to step up and hold community blood drives this month.

Traditionally, blood is in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. Also, approximately 25% of the blood collection comes from high schools and colleges, most of which are closed for recess.

The need for blood is constant. The shelf life of platelets is only five days; the shelf life of red blood cells is 42 days. 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.

NYBC takes very seriously its responsibility to provide a safe, adequate and reliable blood supply for the tri-state area. By donating blood this week, organizations and individuals can help us maintain a safe, reliable and adequate blood supply throughout the winter season.

To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org


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