Rh negative Blood Types Are in Constant Demand
NEW YORK, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Inresponse to an increased need for Rh negative blood, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is urging its communities to roll up their sleeves, donate blood, and ensure hospital demands continue to be met.
Matt Long, the
Each and every day there are patients who depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive. Unfortunately, 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.
"No one tells our story better than Matt," said NYBC Vice President Rob Purvis. "Over the past several weeks, our hospital demand for Rh negative blood products has gone up, and we need to ask for help. There's no question of our ability to satisfy the demand, but that only happens because donors come forward when we hit a rough patch. This time of year is a rough patch."
Here's the Top Ten Facts About NYC's Spring and Summer Blood Supply:
To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive,
Please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566 / Visit: www.nybloodcenter.org
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, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin 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 over 75 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. NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to hospitals since 1964, 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 at www.twitter.com/nybloodcenter.
Contact: Keith Hudsonkhudson@nybloodcenter.org(718) 797-7810 Office(646) 373-8605 Mobile
SOURCE New York Blood Center
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