Type O Negative Blood In Short Supply!
KEYPORT, NJ - 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 this precious resource is from volunteer donors.
Qualified donors in generally good health should be 17 years of age, or 16 with parental permission, weigh 110 pounds, and present photo or signed ID. Donors over 75 years of age can also keep donating with a note from their physician.
Nationwide, 60% of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet only 2% 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 persons with questions of medical eligibility should call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566).
Or visit: www.nybloodcenter.org
Our Call to Action: Organize a Blood Drive!
Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive.
To schedule your very own blood drive please contact:
Marie Forrestal 732-220-7184 Mforrestal@nybloodcenter.org