Blood Collection Services
The Need is Real
- An automobile victim may need up to 50 units of red blood cells.
- A cancer patient may require up to 8 units of platelets per week.
- An organ transplant recipient may need up to 40 units of red blood cells, 30 units of platelets and 25 units of plasma.
One out of every three people will need blood.
You never know when you or someone you love will be the one.
Open 24 hours a day, Community Blood Services provides blood and blood products to more than 20 hospitals and medical centers in northern New Jersey, as well as in New York City and southern New York State.Volunteer donors who donate whole blood, platelets or plasma at one of our convenient donor centers or at a mobile blood drive help to ensure an adequate supply of blood and blood products is available for patients at our community hospitals. The need for blood is growing as our society ages and new advances in technology prolong life. Today, more that ever, our community needs your lifesaving blood.
Donating Blood is Safe
There is no risk of infection through giving blood. Every possible precaution is taken to protect the health of our donors, as well as the safety and availability of our blood supply. We use the latest automated technology so we can target donations to our patientsí needs and help increase the blood supply.
Donating Blood is Simple
Giving blood at one of our many donation sites or on a mobile blood drive could not be more convenient or easy. Our highly trained, courteous employees strive to make your blood donation experience a positive one because we need you to come back and donate again.
Donating Blood Saves Lives
A single blood donation can save the lives of three people. Blood can be separated into three components: red cells, platelets and plasma. Each one of these components has a special function. Red blood cells are used to treat patients who are anemic, plasma is used to treat burn victims in shock due to fluid loss and platelets are used to treat patients diagnosed with cancer.
Anyone in Good Health Can Donate Blood
Donors must be 16 to 75 years old (16- and 17- year-olds must have signed parental consent forms and proof of age).
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Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds
Medications frequently taken by healthy individuals, such as aspirin, thyroid, diabetic and blood pressure medications, are not reasons for deferral. All medications will be evaluated with the blood center staff prior to donating.
Donors must show a form of identification, i.e., a driverís license
Donors must eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating
Every 2.5 seconds someone needs blood, yet less than 5% of the population donates blood. This isnít enoughÖ Thatís why we need your help.
Donate Double Red Cells
Red Blood Cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body. They are most needed after significant blood loss through surgery or anemia. Donors can donate red blood cells up to 4 times per year. O negative is the universal red cell donor.
Platelets are essential for blood clotting. They are routinely needed to support cancer therapy, open-heart surgery, blood disorders and organ transplants. Platelets must be transfused within 5 days, requiring the supply to be constantly replenished. Donors can give platelets up to 24 times per year.
Donate Apheresis Plasma
Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood containing critical clotting factors. Plasma is used to treat patients with certain bleeding disorders and for plasma exchanges. Plasma can be given every 30 days. AB is the universal plasma donor.
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