More Than 1,500 Units Lost Today Due to Cancelled Blood Drives; O-Negative and Platelet Supply Challenged
February 13, 2014 / New York, NY – With the 15th snowstorm of the 2013-2014 winter season pummeling New York-area blood supplies, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is urgently asking donors to roll up their sleeves to replenish our community blood and platelet supply.
To donate blood or platelets or for information on how to organize a blood drive:
Please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566
Dozens of blood drives have been cancelled today, and operations at NYBC’s many walk-in donor centers are expected to be similarly affected.
Most of the eight major blood types are still below target levels – notably the supply of O-Negative blood – “universal donor” blood that can be transfused into anyone in a trauma situation. Platelets - needed for clotting- have only a 5-day shelf life. Meeting the needs of cancer patients and others who require this lifesaving blood component continues to be a challenge.
There is no substitute for human blood, with about one in seven hospital admissions requiring a blood transfusion. Blood is especially important for people with leukemia, other forms of cancer, and of course for trauma victims. With a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.
If you cannot donate but still wish to participate in bringing crucial blood products to patients in need, please ask someone to donate for you, or consider volunteering at a local blood drive. NYBC also offers special community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during summer months.
Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. NYBC also offers special community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during summer and winter months. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People age 76 or over may donate with a doctor's note.
About New York Blood Center: New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the nation's largest non-profit, community-based blood centers. For 50 years, NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to hospitals serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein National Cord Blood Center, the world's largest public cord blood bank. NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion, and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals along with consultative services in transfusion medicine. Please visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/newyorkbloodcenter. Follow us on Twitter: @NYBloodCenter. Website: www.nybloodcenter.org