New Jersey Blood Services is asking for help to maintain an adequate supply of all blood types, but especially O-negative – the “universal” blood which can be transfused into anyone in an emergency.
In addition, hundreds of additional blood drives need to be scheduled to meet projected hospital demand. Current inventory of several blood types is running below the desired target level.
“It’s simple: hospital patient demand for blood often outpaces our best efforts to recruit donors and schedule blood drives,” said NYBC Executive Director of Donor Recruitment Andrea Cefarelli. “There are always reasons but we have to overcome that for the sake of hospital patients who need us.”
“This is one of the toughest times of the year,” Cefarelli added. “We’re asking for our dedicated supporters to roll up their sleeves to make sure we’re able to provide our hospital partners with whatever they need to take care of their patients.”
Blood products have a short shelf life – from five to 42 days, so constant replenishment is necessary. Each and every day there are patients who depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive. But blood and blood products can’t be manufactured. They can only come from volunteer blood donors who take an hour to attend a blood drive or visit a donor center.
New Jersey Blood Services is conducting blood drives in our area that are open to the public and scheduled in the near future:
- Friday, February 12, 2016, Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Ave, Scotch Plains 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Saturday, February 13, 2016, Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Ave, Scotch Plains 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Monday, February 15, 2016, Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Road, Clark 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm
- Monday, February 15, 2016, Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Ave, Scotch Plains 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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