2004-04-16 / Community

Blood Donations Urgently Needed

Blood Donations Urgently Needed

The New York Blood Center is seeking individual donations and groups interested in scheduling blood drives in April, National Donate Life Month.

"Close to 600 blood donations are needed weekly in Queens," explained Dr. James Louie, New York Blood Center President. "This specially designated month, endorsed by Health &
Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, will no doubt help heighten awareness and encourage people to make the extra effort to save lives in April."

National statistics have proven that one in three people will require a transfusion at some point in their life, "yet far too few people donate in our community," pointed out Dr. Louie. "The local donor participation rate is less than 2% v. the nationwide average of 5%." The result is periodic blood shortages in some communities and in particular in urban communities like Queens.

Daily replenishment of the blood supply due to its perishability is also critical, as is greater donor diversity so the local blood supply can more closely match the local patient population, Dr. Louie added. To meet that challenge, New York Blood Center is reaching out to potentially new, diverse donors through bilingual communications efforts and marketing via minority media and partnerships.

Donors must be at least age 17, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.

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