This Tuesday, Feb. 3 and Wednesday, Feb. 4, Western will be hosting its annual Winter Term blood drive.
Many people in the past have generously given blood to the Red Cross, but some people probably wonder where the blood goes? What are requirements of a person giving blood? And how much really is needed? All those are important to be knowledgeable while giving blood, and some of the answers might help motivate people to donate who might not have in the past.
Before blood is given, the donor will meet with someone from the Red Cross and perform a brief physical or overview to check health history and ensure the person’s ability to give blood. Simple, and confidential, questions will be asked. ID will also be required. The average time, according to www.redcrossblood.org, is about an hour and fifteen minutes from start to finish. With the actual blood drawing time taking about 10 to 12 minutes.
After a person has donated blood, the Red Cross has a five step process that they follow. The first is donation. The second is processes. The third is testing, where the Red Cross looks for any infectious diseases. If one is discovered the donor will be confidentially notified. Fourth, the blood and stored, and the fifth step is distribution.
In terms of need, according to www.redcrossblood.org, “More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day,” and that is why blood drives are so important. The need is constant and a person’s ability and willingness can help save lives.
To get involved check out the Red Cross’s website and enter the code “WOU” in the search box.
Hours of the blood drive run Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Werner University Center.