Blood Supply in New Jersey At A Critical Low
By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
September 10, 2013
Blood shortages aren’t new for New Jersey. However, the recent holidays and the late start of the school year have compounded the problem.
Marie Forrestal with New Jersey Blood Services says the state does not have a self-sufficient blood supply.
“We actually have to import blood because not enough blood is donated in New Jersey to supply hospital patients.”
Forrestal says it’s critical for people to donate, especially those with the universal donor type of O negative.
“If anyone and everyone who’s capable of donating donated twice a year, we would never have to come out with this hard, critical messaging that there’s a blood shortage. It wouldn’t happen.”
For information on local donation centers, log onto NYBloodCenter.org.