A community blood drive aimed at helping improve the area's depleted blood supplies set for Thursday at the municipal complex will also offer training in life-saving CPR skills.
“Hillsborough Township is partnering with Somerset Medical Center in the Super Community Blood Drive and Hillsborough Rescue Squad is providing an Adult Family and Friends CPR class,” Mayor Frank DelCore said.
This special event will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the Peter J. Biondi Building, and all donors will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.
“Roll up your sleeves and join us giving the gift of life and donate,” Mayor DelCore said.
The drive will be conducted by Somerset Medical Center as part of the hospital’s new mobile blood collection program. This event is a special opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors; all blood collected at the drive will stay within the community to be used by patients at Somerset Medical Center. Each pint of blood carries the potential to save two lives.
The blood donation process is safe, efficient and takes approximately 45 minutes. Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 lbs. (Donors who are 16 may donate with parental consent and need to weigh at least 120 lbs.) Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling Pam Borek at 908-369-8314 or email@example.com
The Family and Friends CPR class will be offered by the Hillsborough Rescue Squad at no charge to adults age 18 and over, during the same time as the blood drive. The CPR classes last about 30 minutes and will be held at 3:30, 4:30, and 5:30 p.m.
Participants are asked to refrain from giving blood until after the class, if planning to give blood, to avoid lightheadedness during the class.
Family and Friends CPR is promoted by the American Heart Association to improve the chances for survival of loved ones after sudden cardiac arrest, caused by malfunctioning electrical impulses to the heart or heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and sometimes without family history, nor any signs or symptoms of health problems. Almost 383,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of these occur at home. Effective CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
The class includes how to perform adult hands-only CPR, how to use an automatic external defibrillator, and how to provide relief to a choking adult.
To register for either or both of the programs, call Township Clerk Pam Borek at 908-369-8314 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is not required, but recommended.