STATE — New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC), is calling upon people in the communities it serves, to schedule an appointment to donate blood or consider sponsoring a drive.
Type O negative, which is the universal blood type, is currently in short supply. The need for type O negative is greater because it can be transfused into any other types and is found in just 6 percent of the population. Type O negative is more often used by patients with other blood types in emergency rooms and trauma situations.
The need for blood is constant due to its 42 day shelf life and the only place to get it is from volunteer donors.
Qualified donors in generally good health should be 17 years of age, or 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 pounds, and present photo or signed ID. People over 75 years of age can also keep donating with a note from their physician.
Nationwide, 60 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet only 2 percent actually give. Every day in the U.S. approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities to treat patients with cancer and other diseases, to support organ transplant recipients and accident and trauma victims.
To make an appointment to donate blood, or to get answers to questions of medical eligibility, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. For more information, contact Marie Forrestal at 1-732-220-7184 or Mforrestal@nybloodcenter.org.
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