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Blood Emergency: Blood Supply Tips Into Danger Zone
Date:1/13/2009

egional operations in Manhattan, Brooklyn / Staten Island, Long Island, Hudson Valley and New Jersey require 2,000 blood donations each day to supply the needs of 200 hospitals.
  • Approximately every two seconds, someone needs blood, and one out of three people will need a life-saving blood transfusion in their lifetime. If all eligible blood donors gave at least twice a year, it would greatly help in maintaining an adequate blood supply.
  • Fewer than five percent of healthy Americans eligible to donate blood actually donate each year. In New York, only two percent actually donate.
  • People can donate blood every 56 days. Red blood cells must be used within 42 days, platelets within five days, and plasma can be frozen and used for up to one year.
  • A single blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people. Car accident and trauma victims need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions, and burn victims can use up to 50 platelet transfusions
  • Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive.
  • 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 consent (in NY) or 17 (in NJ), 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.
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