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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2, 2022

Contact: Caitlin Grimaldi Flick, Caitlin.Grimaldi@ribc.org, 401.219.3790

RHODE ISLAND BLOOD CENTER ANNOUNCES BLOOD EMERGENCY

Urgent call for blood donors to combat summer supply shortages, including platelets and Type O- blood, which is the universal blood type in cases of emergency.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) is announcing a blood emergency today, as the summer season brings an alarming drop in donations. This time of year, we see a reduction in appointments across our area and country. This is especially true after the area saw a recent heatwave.

We need to ensure that we have an ample blood supply for mothers and newborns who can face complications during labor and delivery and our local blood supply is also facing a significant strain due to recent traumas. The blood supply currently stands at a 1-2-day level, which is well below the ideal level of 5-7-days.

“It is especially hard to recover from back-to-back traumas or high usage cases in the summer months when inventory tends to be at its most challenging levels”, said Jacqueline Gatlin, Director of Hospital Services for Rhode Island Blood Center.

Hospitals and patients rely on a steady flow of volunteer donors to receive lifesaving donations. It only takes an hour of someone’s time to donate a single pint of whole blood, which can then be used to save up to three lives.

To encourage donors to book an appointment, RIBC is bringing back its popular Pint for a Pint campaign for a fourth year. Give a pint and receive a pint at one of eight participating breweries across the state. Enjoy a cold drink at a local business knowing you helped someone in our community.

“At this time, there is no substitute for human blood, and we encourage people to roll up their sleeves to donate and help save a life. We are grateful for our participating breweries teaming up with RIBC to raise awareness during a difficult time of year for blood donations,” said Caitlin Grimaldi Flick, Marketing and Communications Manager for RIBC.

The campaign runs from August 1 through September 10 at any of our six centers and participating blood drives for all presenting donors 21 and older. Donors can beat the heat in our air conditioned centers and drives, all while knowing they helped during this blood emergency. In addition to the coupon, all presenting donors will be automatically entered to win a $100 e-gift card, redeemable for use at more than 200 retailers nationwide! For more information on this campaign, please visit ribc.org/pint.

Click here or call 800.283.8385 to book an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome if availability permits at time of arrival.

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RHODE ISLAND BLOOD CENTER (RIBC) was founded in 1979 as a nonprofit community blood center. For over 35 years, RIBC has been the primary supplier of blood and blood products to patients being cared for in hospitals throughout Rhode Island and in neighboring states. Our mission is to help save lives by ensuring a safe and plentiful blood supply to the patients and hospitals we serve. RIBC is also part of the National Marrow Donor Program and collects stem cells for transplant at its Providence location. RIBC provides therapeutic treatments for patients in local hospitals. Our state-of-the-art laboratory performs donor testing for over 400,000 donations per year. RIBC is also involved in various local and national research programs to improve all aspects of the blood supply. RIBC is a division of New York Blood Center, Inc. (a family of operating Divisions known as New York Blood Center Enterprises). For more information, visit ribc.org.

NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER ENTERPRISES/NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER
About New York Blood Center Enterprises

Founded in 1964, New York Blood Center Enterprises (NYBCe) is one of the largest nonprofit, independent, community blood centers in the world. Along with partner organizations Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), Community Blood Center of Kansas City (CBC), Connecticut Blood Center (CTBC), Memorial Blood Centers (MBC), Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB), and Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), we collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day and serve communities approaching 50 million people in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT), mid-Atlantic area (PA, DE, MD), Kansas City metropolitan area, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Southern New England. NYBCe delivers lifesaving blood products and services as well as clinical, medical, pharmaceutical, testing, and consultative services to over 600 hospitals and dozens of research organizations, academic institutions, and biomedical companies. Among other milestones, our Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute pioneered the Hepatitis B vaccine and patented a solvent detergent plasma process, innovating blood-purification technology worldwide.