Patients serviced by the New York Blood Center need close to 2,000 people a day to donate blood in order to survive. Help save a life by donating during the Annual Fox 5 Blood Drive taking place Tuesday on E. 67th St., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Top 10 Facts About NYBC's Summer Blood Supply
1. People with O-negative blood are known as "universal donors" because their blood can be transfused to anyone.
2. Type O-negative blood is found in just six percent of the population, and is often transfused to patients with other blood types in emergency rooms and trauma situations.
3. People with Rh negative blood, including A-, B- and O-, comprise just 15% of the population.
4. People of all blood types and ethnicities are encouraged to donate, and are critical to maintaining the diversity of Greater New York's blood supply.
5. Months of June, July & August continue to present challenges as schools & colleges close for summer & employees leave for vacations. Over 25% of donations come from school drives.
6. Every two seconds, someone needs blood.
7. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), trauma accounts for 37 million emergency department visits and 2.6 million hospital admissions each year, nationwide.
8. Car accident and trauma victims may need 50 or more blood transfusions
9. Police officers can be injured in the line of duty. First responders also face great danger during emergencies
10. People can donate one pint of whole blood every 56 days and platelets every three days