2009-08-07 / Community

St. John's Hosts Blood Drive

St. John's Episcopal Hospital and the New York Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, August 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donors between the ages of 16 to 75 are sought to help community hospitals.

Blood transfusions are important not only for emergencies but for patients suffering from various ailments including cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell and thalassemia. Some people need regular blood transfusions to live. Additionally, blood transfusions are vital for patients with blood diseases like leukemia, who need exact blood matches. St. John's works alongside New York Blood Center, which has designed the PreciseMatch® Program.

Most large medical centers transfuse more blood than what is donated by the local residents. According to the American Red Cross Association, currently only three out of every 100 people in America donate blood. Blood donation is quick and simple; it takes less than an hour to donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components to save multiple lives. For more information call St. John's Pathology Department at 718-869-7332.

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