2004-01-23 / Community

New York Blood Center Needs Donations

New York Blood Center Needs Donations

The New York Blood Center (NYBC) is reporting an alarmingly low level of blood in its frozen emergency banks. Even type O Positive is dangerously low.

"We no longer have any fallback resources available," says Dr. James Louie, NYBC vice president. "Other local blood centers across the nation are also in very short supply of blood and don’t have any to share." Blood centers in some states have already urged their hospitals to cancel elective surgeries, but NYBC has not done that.

"Our blood supply has been low since early December," Dr. Louie explains. "But it dropped by 50% in late December and has not yet rebounded. Then last week’s storm forced the cancellation of several blood drives that resulted in the lost of 25% of Thursday and Friday’s donations. We have already been cutting distribution of blood to area hospitals by as much as 40% since mid-December and now we fear even deeper cutbacks. Without volunteer donors, we won’t have a blood supply to distribute to local hospitals."

Donors, who must be age 17-75 (76+ with a doctor’s note), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and in good health, are urged to call New York Blood Center at 1.800.933.BLOOD to find a convenient donation location in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey or the Hudson Valley. Or they can visit the NY Blood Center’s website at www.nybloodcenter.org.

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