SJEH: Summertime Supply Of Blood Needed
The local supply of blood for hospitals has suffered a negative impact due to increasingly stricter blood donor guidelines, including the deferring of potential donors who have traveled to Europe where cases of "mad cow disease" have been reported to the World Health Organization. Some estimates suggest that there has been more than a 30 percent reduction in our local blood supply due to the moratorium on blood shipments from other nations.
"Although you might think there is less of a need for blood during the summer, the reverse is actually true," said John Boyle, PhD, Director of Laboratories at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital South Shore. "There are fewer available donors in the summer and an increased need to keep up the blood supply because blood is perishable."
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital South Shore will sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, August 7, 2003, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The drive will be held in the first floor Board Room at St. John’s, which is located at 327 Beach 19th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691.
"We are seeing at least 15 percent fewer donors than we need to adequately supply life-saving transfusion products to close to 200 area hospitals," said Dr. Robert Jones, New York Blood Center President and Chief Executive Officer. "And now we are concerned we may lose more potential donors due to questions asked of donors about SARS and West Nile Virus exposure."
Blood donors must be at least age 17, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health.