Interested in saving lives? Well good news, the blood drive is here. By donating blood, students have the chance to save up to 3 lives! The school blood drive will take place on March 10th in Trent Arena. In order to be eligible, individuals must be at least 16 and at least 110 pounds and have good general health. Forms are available in the activities office. The form must be completed and turned into the activities office by Wednesday, March 8th.
The most common form of donation is whole blood donation. With whole blood donation, the blood is collected from a vein and then it flows into a blood bag. With automated donation, machines are used to collect the exact components that patients need. While the blood is collected, a small amount of anticoagulant (citrate) is added to the blood to prevent clotting. After the components are collected, the rest of the blood is returned to the donor. Automated donors may experience a tingling feeling (usually around the lips or fingers), chills, or increased muscle tension (cramping). They may also experience an unpleasant taste sensation. Plasma is replaced within several hours, platelets within 24 hours, and red cells can take up to 56 days, a little longer for 2-unit red blood cell collections. The donation times range from 10:00 am to 1:50 pm and Firehouse Subs will provide lunch to students who will miss lunch because of their donation times.