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Blood Supply Slipping as Economy Tumbles

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:17 am    Post subject: Blood Supply Slipping as Economy Tumbles
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Blood Supply Slipping as Economy Tumbles
“Giving Blood is Something We Can Control”

Brooklyn, NY, October 13, 2008 – Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center is reporting slipping blood reserves due to increased September demand from hospitals and current economic strife.

“Businesses are among our most dedicated supporters,” said NYBC President and CEO Dr. Robert Jones. “Some of their scheduled corporate drives have understandably been cut back or canceled, and at the same time, demand has been going up.” For the latest full month (September 2008), NYBC supplied 3,000 more units of blood to its 200 hospitals in Greater New York than September 2007.

“Many people think our economic world is out of control right now,” said Dr. Jones. “Donating blood, and organizing blood drives, are things we CAN control. We can save lives, no matter what happens on Wall Street or Main Street.”

“While collections around the metropolitan area are often dependent on corporate collections, there are many community organizations in Brooklyn and on Staten Island that can step up to help alleviate this blood shortage,” adds Marc K. Bertman, Executive Director of Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services. “Churches, community groups, fraternal organizations and schools can all assist in averting a crisis that impacts the critical supply of blood to hospital patients.”

Each day, NYBC and its regional affiliates must collect 2,000 units of lifesaving blood to treat patients in hospitals across New York and New Jersey. With the current shortfall, NYBC is concerned about its ability to meet predictable patient needs, plus emergencies (including car accidents, complications during childbirth, and emergency surgery).

Who Can Donate?
Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 with parental consent (in NY) or 17 (in NJ), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. All donors receive free mini-medical exams on site and information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level.

New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the nation’s largest non-profit, community-based blood centers. NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to patients in greater New York since 1964. NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein National Cord Blood Center, the world’s largest public cord blood bank. NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion, and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals and transfusion medicine physicians.

The Brooklyn Donor Center
120 Lawrence Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours of Operations
Monday 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am –3:00 pm

Staten Island Donor Center
2791 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
Hours of Operations
Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesdays (as of 11/4/2008) 9:30 am – 8:30 pm*
Saturdays 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
*These new hours are effective on November 4th. Until that time, SIDC will be open Thursdays and closed on Tuesday.

Organize a Blood Drive:
Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566
Website: www.nybloodcenter.org

Attached is a list of blood drives is the Brooklyn/Staten Island Region.

End of October to November 2008 Blood Drives Staten Island.doc

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