State-of-the-Art Bloodmobile for Automated Blood Collection to Stop at Community Blood Services on Nationwide Road Trip
May 31, 2012
Visit Paramus Donor Center to learn how automated donations can help save more lives in the Paramus area
PARAMUS, NJ (May 29, 2012)—Community Blood Services is pleased to announce that its Paramus donor center will be one of the stops for the Trima Mobile Solution Bus, which kicked off an eight-month nationwide road trip in San Diego in October to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation, and how donors can help more people and change more lives with a single donation.
The state-of-the-art bloodmobile will be stopping at 970 Linwood Avenue West on Thursday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to stop by for a Trima Mobile Road Trip reception and to learn more about how they can multiply the value of their donation and help more patients through automated collection. Automated collection is a blood donation that makes it possible to give six times more platelets than with a whole blood donation.
The traveling bloodmobile is equipped with donor beds and four specialized devices, the Trima Accel® Automated Blood Collection System, that facilitate automated collections, which Community Blood Services depends on every day to keep up with the hospital demand for platelets—which only have a shelf life of five days—as well as red blood cells and plasma.
When the road trip comes to its final stop in Washington, D.C. in June, the National Blood Foundation (NBF) will raffle off the fully equipped bloodmobile on the basis of a three-year lease in order to raise funds NBF needs to support the next generation of researchers in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.
Entry forms for tickets are now being offered for the drawing, which will be held June 14, 2012—World Blood Donor Day. Tickets are $1,000 each—payable by check or credit card—with a 10-ticket limit per entrant. Entry forms must be postmarked by May 31, 2012.
Those eligible to win the bloodmobile include organizations located in the United States that operate blood banks, including hospital and community blood centers, or that collect blood or blood products. Those not eligible to receive the prize can purchase tickets on behalf of a specific center or hospital. For more information, visit www.aabb.org/NBFbloodmobile or www.trimamobile.com.