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Ticket Giveway May Spur Blood Donations

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. July 30, 2013

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Just in time for the usual falloff in blood supplies, New Jersey officials have a new way to encourage people to give blood.

Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd says everyone who donates blood in New Jersey from now until January 17th will get a chance to win tickets for the Super Bowl.

“We think that we’ll be able to make a lasting impact on New Jersey’s chronic shortage of blood because people who are donating for the first time because of the incentive of Super Bowl tickets may continue to donate blood into the future.”

O’Dowd says blood donations decrease in the summer months when people are on vacation.

“Often New Jersey’s hospitals are forced to import blood from other states because New Jersey’s blood collection rate is 3.6 percent which is below the national average of 5 percent. So we are consistently dealing with a blood shortage problem.”

O’Dowd says hospitals in the state often have only a two-day blood supply and is hoping donations increase so they won’t have to cancel elective surgeries.

She says one in every seven patients entering a hospital needs blood, and one blood donation can save up to three lives.

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