Hospital Patients Need Negative People: O-Negative
EATONTOWN, NJ – New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of New York Blood Center (NYBC), is asking for the public’s help to maintain an adequate summer supply of “universal” blood. People with O-negative blood are known as “universal donors” because their blood can be transfused into anyone in emergency rooms and trauma situations when there is no time for blood typing.
“Our donor pool decreases sharply just as summer approaches,” said NYBC Vice President Rob Purvis. “Since schools are out and people are on vacation, we need others to step up for the continued care of hospital patients.” Overall, the supply of blood is strong, and NYBC is confident of its ability to provide its 200 partner hospitals with whatever they need.
Each and every day there are patients – some who arrive in emergency rooms and others undergoing cancer treatment – who depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive. But blood can’t be manufactured. It can only come from volunteer blood donors who take an hour to attend a blood drive or visit a donor center.
To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive
Please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566
If you cannot donate but still wish to participate in bringing crucial blood products to patients in need, please ask someone to donate for you, or consider volunteering at a local blood drive. NYBC also offers special community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during summer months.