New York Blood Center declares blood emergency across Tri

Henrietta Strickland
June 14, 2018

Type O red blood cells and AB plasma are "universal" blood components, so named because these components can be transfused to patients of all other blood types and are frequently used in emergency settings. "Every single day, blood donations help save lives and right now, the need is critical", Senior Executive Director of Donor Recruitment for New York Blood Center Andrea Cefarelli said.

The American Red Cross is asking for help in its "Missing Types" campaign.

"Imagine life without the letters A, B and O, let alone scrabble!" said Mlambo.

Lily Dotson and her family know how serious blood shortages can be for patients. "More blood donors are needed now to fill those gaps".

KSN spoke to a recipient today about how blood donations have helped her with cancer treatments. All South Africans can join in by temporarily deleting the As, Bs and Os from their social media handles.

The SANBS hopes this irreverent "disappearing act" will similarly weave a special kind of magic, where only one per cent of South Africans give blood regularly. Blood donations go way beyond just the person who receives the blood.

"Across New Zealand, there are 110,000 active donors, all of whom save the lives of almost 29,000 people around the country every year". It is a challenge blood collection organizations face across the country and around the world. "However, we have seen a troubling decline in the number of new blood donors".

The event celebration was first started in the year 2004 aiming to raise the public awareness about the need for safe blood donation and unpaid by the healthy person.

Donate blood or platelets at a donor center. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. "The demand for blood doesn't take a vacation". Since roughly 20% of donors are students from high schools and colleges, the Red Cross is in desperate need.

In addition to this already thriving donor platform, the NZ Blood Service Donor App is undergoing some exciting changes that will become available on 14th June 2018.

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