(Long Island, NY) Nassau County Executive Laura Curran recently joined with Nassau County Health Department Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein, Karen Muscolino of Long Island Services, representatives from the New York Blood Center, and blood donors at the Rockville Centre Donor Center to urge residents to donate blood and replenish critically low blood supplies.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran visits a blood donor. Photo Credit: Nassau County.
“Our local hospitals are currently facing a blood emergency.” said County Executive Curran. “We want to ensure all patients have access to the life-saving blood they need. Blood supplies have dropped down to a four-day reserve, well below the seven-day minimum.”
It takes one hour to donate blood, which cannot be manufactured, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. Nearly 2,000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.
Those in need can include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.
“New Yorkers can donate blood at many locations throughout Nassau County, including the Rockville Centre Donor Center” said County Executive Curran. “During the summer months, blood centers often must focus on building up the community’s blood supply.”
“With schools out for the summer and people on vacation to celebrate the Fourth, blood supplies are at critically low levels,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Executive Director of Donor Recruitment for New York Blood Center. “We need everyone to do what they can to help replenish supplies, whether than means spreading the word, hosting a drive, or taking the time to donate. One hour of your time can help save a life.”
The New York Blood Center is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the world. NYBC, along with its partners across the country, serve local communities of more than 45 million people. They also provide a wide array of vital transfusion-related medical services and pioneer research in fields like Hepatitis B.