While the New York Blood Center reports that its blood supply is critically low, a donor drive will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2007, from 2:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Croton Free Library.
Some of the reasons that have contributed to the shortage are seasonal, with school recess, summer vacations and uncomfortably hot weather having a serious impact on the number of blood drives scheduled and the number of donors who turnout at each drive. Regardless, local hospitals continue to demand approximately 400 units of blood products to meet patient needs each day.
In particular demand now are individuals with the rarer negative blood types—like those with Rh negative blood types—who make up just 15% of the population. Rh negative blood can be transfused to a far larger percentage of patients, and is preferred for newborns and other children who may require transfusions. O negative is the “universal donor,” and is especially needed in emergency situations when there is not adequate time to determine the patient’s blood type.
For those interested, blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A parental permission form must be signed for donors who are sixteen. To make an appointment or for further information, please contact Amy Cobb at 914-271-6093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.