2004-04-15 / Medical

‘National Donate Blood Month’

‘National Donate Blood Month’

To meet local hospital patients’ demand for blood, New York Blood Center is seeking individual blood donations and groups interested in scheduling blood drives in April, National Donate Life Month.

"Close to 2,000 volunteer blood do-nations are needed daily in New York and New Jersey," explained Dr. Robert Jones, New York Blood Center Presi-dent. "This specially designated month, endorsed by Health & Human Ser-vices Secretary Tommy Thompson, will no doubt help heighten awareness and encourage people to make the extra effort to save lives in April."

National statistics have proven that one in three people will require a transfusion at some point in their life, "yet far too few people donate in our community," pointed out Dr. Jones. "The local donor participation rate is less than 2% v. the nationwide average of 5%." The result is periodic blood shortages, in some communities and in particular in urban communities like metropolitan New York.

Blood is perishable and daily re-plenishment of the supply is critical. Donor diversity is crucial so the local blood supply can more closely match the local, patient population.

Who can donate?

Donors must be at least age 17, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health.

Where can I donate? For information on the nearest donor site, call 1-800-933-BLOOD or give to www.ny- bloodcenter.org

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