Community Blood Services urges New York to boost blood supply

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:14

    GOSHEN-Today, Community Blood Services in Goshen, NY and Paramus, NJ warned that supplies of various blood types are facing critical levels. The center has less than a one-day supply of both Type O positive and Type O negative and The National Blood Exchange has reported that many centers nationwide are in search of Type O blood. This announcement coincides with the recent news from New York Blood Center, which today declared an official emergency appeal for blood. This action was made despite a plea last month for increased volunteer blood donations, followed by public support from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Other blood centers in New Jersey are experiencing similar shortages. "Historically, the summer months produce the lowest blood donation levels and the highest need for blood in our area hospitals," said Dennis Todd, Ph.D., President and CEO of Community Blood Services. "We have seen a drop off in donors and blood drives scheduled for this summer and, as a result, project severe blood shortages in July and August. We are working hard with our partners throughout the area to ensure that the blood supply doesn't reach the emergency levels that New York City is experiencing." In the New York/New Jersey metropolitan community alone, 2,000 donations are needed daily for surgery, trauma and cancer patients, as well as other emergency needs. Blood donors must be at least age 17, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. All donors benefit from a free mini medical exam including review of their pulse rate, blood pressure, iron count and temperature. To schedule an appointment to donate, call 294-3362. Walk-ins are also welcome.