EMERGENCY BLOOD SHORTAGE
 
By Associate Member Michael Bennett
August 10, 2019
 

Did you know that blood collection, on average, drops 25% during the summer?
That’s a huge drop – and often leaves blood centers and hospitals in short supply.
The need for blood is constant - and only volunteers LIKE YOU can help the community maintain a stable blood supply.

The need for blood doesn’t take a break - ever.
This summer, be a LIFESAVER!

Join the Putnam Valley Volunteer Ambulance Corps. and the New York Blood Center to make a difference, and save a life.

Our area faces a high demand for blood. Close to 2,000 donations are needed each day in the New York/New Jersey community for patients who require a lifesaving blood and/or platelet transfusion. Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and mothers delivering babies, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease, and many more.

All transfusions in the U.S. are thanks to 8 million volunteer blood donors nationwide. The demand for transfusions may increase as the population ages and more sophisticated medical care and surgeries requiring transfusion support become more commonplace. Donated blood is perishable, just like milk. Red cells last for 42 days and platelets last for just 5 days! Nearly every donated pint of blood is transfused to a patient in need.

Stop by the Putnam Valley Volunteer Ambulance Corps. headquarters on August 22nd between 2:30 and 8:30 pm.

How long does donating take, and what can you expect? It is suggested that you allow 45 minutes to one hour to donate blood. Donating platelets or double red cells can take longer. The blood donation procedure itself takes about 10 to 12 minutes. But it also takes time to fill out the donor registration form, have a donor history/mini-medical exam, and rest and enjoy refreshments following a donation. And don’t forget a photo-ID! The New York Blood Center can not take your donation without first seeing a form of identification with either your photo or your signature. You will be asked to provide some basic information (name, address, birthdate, etc.) as well as answer a number of health history questions on a registration form. Then we measure your temperature, hemoglobin content, and blood pressure to determine your donor suitability. Most people feel fine afterwards. It’s important to rest and eat snacks in the recovery area, eat properly before your donation, and drink extra fluids for 48 hours following your donation.

All donated blood, even donations from repeat donors, is tested for blood type, hepatitis, HIV, syphilis, and other transmissible diseases. Blood may also be separated into various components (such as red cells, platelets, or plasma) so each donation may help several people.

Come to the Putnam Valley Volunteer Ambulance Corps. headquarters:
218 Oscawana Lake Rd. Putnam Valley, NY 10579

August 22nd, 2:30 – 8:30 pm
No appointment is necessary!

Help the Putnam Valley Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the New York Blood Center to help our local and regional community!
It takes so little – and can mean so much.

We’ll see you there!

Contact HQ@PVVAC.org with any questions, or for more information.