Metro-North Train Derailment
Message to Our Communities
As our communities react to the train derailment tragedy, our blood donors, chairpersons and other supporters are asking how they can help.
• The injured passengers were treated at NYBC partner hospitals, which had enough blood on hand for their immediate needs.
• The train derailment tragedy reinforces the need for an adequate blood supply on the shelf at all times to respond to emergencies.
• The train derailment tragedy also reinforces the need for an adequate supply of O-negative blood which can be transfused into anyone in an emergency when there's no time for blood typing.
• Our community has a constant need for blood and New York Blood Center relies upon 2,000 blood donations per day to meet the needs of nearly 200 area hospitals.
• New York Blood Center is seeking organizations to host blood drives over the holidays, when many donors are unavailable due to school and work vacations. This holiday season is likely to be especially challenging, since both Christmas and New Year’s fall mid-week, which means far fewer blood drives over the two holiday weeks.
• Blood utilized in a tragedy is available thanks to individuals that donate before tragedy strikes.
• It is important to have volunteer blood donors donating regularly!
• NYBC currently has a four-day supply of O – negative blood. That’s about half of what we need. Our target goal is to maintain a seven- to nine-day supply.
To donate, call us at 1-800-933-2566 or visit our website at nybloodcenter.org
We thank you for your continued and vital support of our lifesaving mission.
About New York Blood Center: New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the nation’s largest non-profit, community-based blood centers. For almost 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