Community Blood Services, a Paramus blood bank, is reportedly experiencing a blood shortage. It can be a bit intimidating to give blood, but one former Patch Editor, Laura Silvius, did just that for the first time in July and wrote about the experience.
Community serves 16 hospitals in New Jersey, including Bergen Regional Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center, and another six hospitals in New York.
According to northjersey.com, Karen Ferriday, a spokeswoman for the organization said, “There is an immediate need for all blood types.”
The following facts are listed on the Community Blood Services website.
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.
Click here to read more about Community Blood Services.