Time to bleed for the cause [POLL]

All these silly little political and media in-fights aside, there are real problems out there.  The Manukau Courier reports:

It only takes an hour and it could save up to three lives.

The New Zealand Blood Service is facing a national blood shortage and it’s urging people to donate.

Blood is particularly needed in the Auckland region to supply Middlemore Hospital.

Stocks of blood type O positive have dipped below the designated levels and the service needs at least 370 O positive donations people in Auckland this week to get back above the required minimums.

National marketing and communications manager Asuka Burge said higher than normal numbers of coughs, colds and flu have prevented regular donors from donating.

“In addition to this we have seen unusually high usage of O positive blood in the hospitals due to a number of patients needing this blood type in large volumes,” she said.

It’s the first time in 10 years the service has had to appeal at this level.

Middlemore’s O positive and O negative use was up 5-6 percent last week compared to the three-month period of May to July.

More than one in three New Zealanders have O positive blood, the most common type in the country.

Nine per cent of Kiwis have O negative blood – the universal blood type that can be given to anyone in an emergency situation.

O negative is also the blood type given to newborns, Burge said.

There has also been a notable decline in the number of new donors.

“As such there is a 47 per cent chance that any new donors will have one of these blood types so we really need new donors.”

Call NZ Blood on 0800 448 325      or      09 263 4667 to book an appointment.

If you used to be a blood donor, but you’ve kind of lapsed, please consider popping in and helping out.

And if you’re new, give it a go.  It’s about the most visceral way of helping other human beings without becoming an organ donor (keep that ’till last).

Bring your Kindle, iPod or your crossword puzzle.  It’s probably the most relaxed you’ll be all week.



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