“We had about 110 people donate and we collected 92 units of blood… that will help up to 276 people this holiday season,” stated Meghann Lukach Esperanza High School activities director about the American Red Cross Blood Drive held on Friday the 13th at Esperanza High School in the new gym.
“This event is very important because schools are one of the top places that blood banks get their blood. With the holiday season coming up the hospitals need a lot of blood to help with surgeries and accidents that take place,” stated Lukach.
Holding this blood drive this Friday, Nov 13th will help the blood supply at our local hospitals throughout the holiday season,” stated Lukach
“We have about 100 students signed up to give blood at this event,” according to Lukach, “Student must be 16 or older with parent permission, so that narrows our pool to our junior and seniors.”
The purpose of a blood drive is the distribution system is to help ensure an adequate supply of blood for accident victims, people needing surgery, and people suffering from certain diseases, as well as for medical research, according to thefreedictionary.com.
This is the process of blood donating according to redcrossblood.org.
Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.
Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.
The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 min.
The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days.
A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 7 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year.
All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.
Information you give to the American Red Cross during the donation process is confidential. It may not be released without your permission except as directed by law.
Esperanza has two blood drive donations, one in the winter and one in the spring. “Our spring blood drive usually gets a better turnout because most of our juniors and some of our sophomores have turned 16 by that time in the school year,” Lukach stated, “We are hoping to have a lot of adults walk in the day of to donate.”