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

  • Car accident, burn and other and trauma victims need 50 or more transfusions
  • - Many ways to reach us:

    800 number, website, 3-1-1 in NYC, 212-NEW-YORK throughout NY State

    Who can help

    • Donors must be 17- to 75-years-old (16 in New York with parent consent, and over 75 with doctor's note)
    • Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health
    • 60% of the population is eligible, and on average 5% give nationwide
    • In New York, 2% actually donate
    • Approximately 70% of donors give only once per year
    • If 5% of the people eligible gave, or everyone who gave once gave twice, there would be no blood shortage
    • People can donate red blood cells every 8 weeks (56 days) and platelets every 3 days

    All donors receive free mini-medical exams on site and 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. Inquiries are also welcomed from organizations who would like to schedule an emergency blood drive.

    To donate blood or contact NYBC, please call:

    Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566

    Website: www.nybloodcenter.org

    3-1-1 Within New York City; 212 - NEW - YORK in New York State

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