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Date:6/21/2009

July 4th is among nation's deadliest holidays - Donating blood today will help save lives

NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its divisions in Manhattan, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Brooklyn / Staten Island, and New Jersey call upon the community to please donate blood in advance of the July 4th holiday weekend. Every two seconds, someone needs blood.

Summer is "trauma season" for most emergency rooms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately two thirds of injuries requiring emergency room admission occur during the month surrounding the Fourth of July. Independence Day is also traditionally the busiest day of the year for trauma centers nationwide. About one in seven people entering a hospital needs blood.

July 4 is also when the most severe motor vehicle accidents occur, with July 3 as the second worst day for crashes and July 2 also among the worst, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday, the day of the week when most accidents tend to occur. Car accident and trauma victims may need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions. One out of three people will need a life-saving blood transfusion in his or her lifetime.

The United States relies upon the general public for its national blood supply. Individuals may donate blood in advance of Independence Day, in recognition of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and freedom, or in honor of thousands of U.S. servicemen and women. A single blood donation can help save the lives of three people.

People can give blood every 56 days. You can also help by organizing a blood drive within your community, house of worship, or place of work. To meet regional needs, New York Blood Center requires 2,000 blood donations each day.

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