IMA Urgent Care Hosting Blood Drive to Benefit NJ Blood Services

September 16, 2019
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IMA Nurse Practitioner, Jaimee Mulholland donating blood in September 2018

IMA Urgent Care – Shrewsbury will be hosting a blood drive to benefit the NJ Blood Services on Monday, September 16th. The blood drive will run from 1 pm-7 pm at IMA Urgent Care – Shrewsbury, 30 Shrewsbury Plaza.

“The need for blood in New Jersey is constant and IMA Urgent Care – Shrewsbury is happy to support this need by hosting a blood drive,” states, Dr. Roger Thompson, IMA President. “As physicians, we are always concerned about the blood supply in New Jersey because donated blood is so important in saving peoples’ lives.”

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IMA’s Carmen Dejesus donating blood in September 2018

Not sure about what is needed to donate blood? Here are a few facts:

1. How does donating blood help the community? It is estimated that each pint of blood donated can be used in about 3 life-saving operations. Just by donating one pint of blood, you are making an impact on 3 people’s lives.

2. How long does it take? While the actual process isn’t very long, you should plan to be there for about an hour to fill out the necessary paperwork beforehand and to give your self some time after your donation.

3. How should I prepare? Make sure you drink plenty of fluids beforehand.  It is said that you should drink an extra 16oz. of water on the day of your donation.  4. Additionally, you should eat a healthy meal before you donate.

4. Who can donate blood? Most healthy adults can donate blood. Regulations require that all donors weigh at least 110 pounds and not have symptoms of any infectious disease (including a common cold).  Pregnant women and those who have given birth in the past two months should not donate.  And you may be deemed ineligible to donate if you have recently traveled to certain countries, gotten a tattoo, or are taking certain medications.  You can donate blood while taking many common medications, including aspirin and birth control.

5. How often can I donate blood? After donating blood, you have to wait 56 days to donate again.
Donors can sign up for the blood drive using this link to NJ Blood Service’s quick sign up center.

New Jersey Blood Center is one of the largest community-based, non-profit blood collection and distributions in the United States.

About IMA
IMA Urgent Care and Primary Care has three urgent care centers and eight primary care offices located in eastern Monmouth County.  IMA opened the area’s first medical walk-in clinic in Shrewsbury over 20 years ago and has since opened two additional walk-in clinics in Port Monmouth and Hazlet. Additionally, IMA operates a Cardiology and Diagnostic center which is located in Shrewsbury. IMA is owned and operated by local doctors.