NEW YORK: Following a low donor turnout throughout the holiday season and subsequent bad winter weather, New York Blood Center (NYBC) has joined blood centers nationwide in releasing an emergency call for blood donors.
The blood center has seen a 25 percent decline in contributions in the last three weeks, resulting in 5,000 fewer donations, crippling the inventory that was projected to rise during National Blood Donor Month.
Types O-, O+, and B-are currently in one to two supply, and there is a severe platelet shortage.
There is now no national blood surplus, as seen by the blood emergencies that have been proclaimed throughout the nation, including in the community of New York. Furthermore, a recent increase in seasonal diseases in the area is keeping many people from giving.
Donors may give up to six times a year, or every 56 days. The Food and Drug Administration recently relaxed many blood donor eligibility limitations. Go here to see the most recent eligibility requirements, or give 800.688.0900 a call.
Donors can visit nybc.org or call 1-800-933-2566 to schedule an appointment.