Yesterday, the Bayonne Fire Department held their first blood drive of the year supporting Community Blood Services. The department holds two blood drives annually, one of which is in conjunction with BetheMatch.org, a bone marrow registry.
At the event many precautions were taken to ensure the safety of the donors and the blood. All donors were required to fill out an in-depth questionnaire. Then, technicians ran number of tests on potential donors including height, weight, temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin count.
Ahmed Omar, a donor at the event, told Hudson TV about an experience where he needed a blood transfusion and how it lead him to give blood himself. “I realized someone just saved my life by giving blood, so I became a regular blood donor.”
Many hospitals are in dire need of blood, and Community Blood Services help support many different of those hospitals in the area.