Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that there will be a community blood drive on Monday, September 23, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the City Hall Fire House, at 27th Street and Avenue C. The drive is sponsored by the Bayonne Fire Department and the Bayonne Health Department. This blood drive is being held in conjunction with Vitalant (the successor of Community Blood Services), which provides blood and blood products to hospitals and medical centers in New Jersey and New York. Donors will receive the following free health screenings: cholesterol, blood pressure, temperature, iron, pulse, and blood type.
The need for blood donation is great. An automobile accident victim may need up to 50 units of red blood cells. A cancer patient may require up to eight 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.
Blood donors may reduce the amount of time it takes to give blood by pre-registering with Vitalant, either by calling 201-251-3703, or by going to https://donor.cbsblood.org./donor/schedules/drive_schedule/48963. Click on the link, select the desired time slot, fill out the information, and then please scroll down to confirm your appointment. Making appointments is optional but preferred. Walk-ins will also be welcome.
Blood donors should be 17 to 75 years old. However, sixteen-year-olds may donate blood in New Jersey with a parental consent form provided by Vitalant, and they must provide proof of age. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors over age 75 must present a signed document from their medical doctor stating that they can give blood. Medications taken frequently by healthy individuals, such as aspirin, thyroid, diabetic, and blood pressure medications, are not reasons for deferral. All medications will be evaluated with the blood center staff prior to donating. Donors must show a form of identification such as a driver’s license. Donors must eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before and after donating.
Anyone with medical concerns should call Vitalant at 201-251-3703.