Donors needed for Dec. 17 City Hall blood drive
The Memorial Blood Center bloodmobile will be at City Hall Monday, Dec. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individuals who donate blood in December will be entered in a drawing for one of 10 $500 vouchers toward a winter getaway.
Most people who are in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds may donate blood. Be sure to eat before donating, and bring an ID card. Anyone who donates should not have any cold or flu symptoms for three days prior to the blood drive.
If you’d like to join your coworkers and donate blood, you can schedule a time slot by going to www.mbc.org (enter sponsor code 0960) or contacting Blair Selk at 651- 332-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also walk up to the table in the City Hall Rotunda to volunteer. Although all blood types are needed, there is a special need for type O blood.
Donors who have the blood types O+, O-, A- and B- are encouraged to donate double red cells at the blood drive. Donating double red cells gives you an opportunity to donate twice the amount of red cells that are contained in a whole blood donation. With the Blood Center’s automated collection system, donors’ own plasma and as well as saline are returned to the donor, so the donor leaves with the same fluid volume as when he or she came in. Most donors report that they feel better after a double red donation than after donating whole blood. This type of donation takes 20 - 25 minutes for the donation itself. There are different requirements for a double red cell donation: along with having a higher hemoglobin, males must be 5’1” and 130 pounds, and females must be 5’5” and 150 pounds.
Typically, the entire process — from the time you sign in until the time you leave — takes about an hour. When you arrive, a staff member will determine your eligibility to donate blood. That involves asking you a few basic health questions (including the names of medications you are taking), taking your pulse and checking your blood pressure, temperature and red cell level.
Collecting a unit of blood takes about 10 minutes. You may feel a small pinch when the needle is inserted, but most donors say they don’t feel any pain for the remainder of the donation. Once about a pint of blood has been collected, additional small tubes of blood will be collected for laboratory tests. All blood collection equipment is sterile and used only once. After your donation, you will be given some refreshments to help replenish your fluids. Then you’re ready to resume your normal daily activities.
Published Dec. 5, 2012