Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) will hold an emergency blood drive on Wednesday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ambulatory Surgery Center, located at 377 Jersey Ave Suite 510 in Jersey City.
According to JCMC, the blood supply has reached a dangerously low level.
“The need for blood products never stops, and lately that need has been outpacing the number of blood donors. We rely on the generosity of blood donors to address the serious ongoing blood shortage, so that we can continue to deliver lifesaving medical care for patients in need,” said Michael Loftus, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Jersey City Medical Center.
Donors must be at least 16-years old (minors under 18 need parental permission) and weigh at least 110 pounds if older than 16. Donors must also present photo identification at the time of donation.
Donors are advised to eat and drink before donating.
Those ineligible to donate include individuals who have a history of viral hepatitis at age 11 or older, are recovering from an infectious illness, or are in a high-risk group (e.g., individuals with HIV or AIDS).
For more information, visit Blood Donation in New Jersey – RWJBarnabas Health (rwjbh.org).