May 23, 2018 Montvale, NJ – Community Blood Services urges area residents to donate platelets now before the long Memorial Day weekend. This will help boost a low supply and meet the transfusion needs of patients during the upcoming holiday. Currently, platelet usage by hospital patients is slightly higher than average while in some areas it is considerably higher.
Platelets are a special component of blood that helps control bleeding. They have a shelf life of only 5 days so it’s extremely important to continuously replenish the supply.
“Right now, we’re seeing an increase in the number of platelets needed by patients,” Robert Kessler, Director Recruitment, Community Blood Services, said. “We work hard to efficiently manage the community blood supply, but it can be challenging at times to predict which components may be needed more than others on any given day or week.”
Community Blood Services is part of the Blood Systems network of regional and community blood centers. This network is leveraged to assure enough blood is available where it’s needed most. Part of this resource sharing includes transferring platelets and other blood components from one area with a lesser need to another area with a greater need.
Those who wish to help may call (201) 251-3703 or visit www.communitybloodservices.org to make an appointment.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 or 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. More information is at www.communitybloodservices.org.
Community Blood Services has been this area’s nonprofit community blood provider since 1953, and serves patients in 21 hospitals in New Jersey and New York. It is a Blood Systems blood center. Blood Systems is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, currently serving more than 1,000 hospital and healthcare partners across 29 states to provide comprehensive transfusion medicine services for patients in need.