Blood drive draws in donors

BY HANNAH CRITES

STAFF WRITER

On Sept.10 Franciscan University hosted its first blood drive of the semester through the American Red Cross. The event was held in the Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center and drew over 60 donors.

 

“I started donating blood in high school, and I really like doing it,” said freshman Tom Gaudet who donated blood for the ninth time. “It’s a fun way to help people who are sick because I can’t do anything medicine-related, and I’m not going to become a doctor. Donating blood is a really important thing for people who are healthy to do and it’s really easy.”

The process for donating blood through the American Red Cross includes: registration by providing either a blood donor card or valid ID, an interview inquiring into the donor’s health history and travel history, a mini-physical where a staff member checks the donor’s pulse, temperature, blood pressure and hemoglobin level present in a sample of blood, and then the actual donation. Afterward, a snack and drink allow the donor to adjust to the decrease in blood.

The process takes about an hour, but the transfusion only takes 10 minutes.

“My dad has done it my whole life and he would take me with him,” said freshman Clare McCallan. “I thought it was the coolest thing, and I was so pumped for it to be my turn when I was older. The American Red Cross calls me when one comes up, but usually I’m not around when they call and I miss it, so it was really cool to be able to donate blood today.”

Each donor gives a pint of blood, which is the equivalent of a 16 oz. Nalgene water bottle. After donation, the blood is sent to a lab for testing to ensure that it’s safe to give to a sick patient, then it’s sent to a hospital where it’s distributed to patients.

Franciscan University will be hosting more blood drives on Friday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 12:00-6:00 p.m.

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