Saving lives one drop at a time

 

Redcross Nurse handling donated blood.

 

 

 

 

BY ANDREW RIGGINS Staff Writer

Want to make a difference in the world? Give blood. Seriously, by giving a pint of blood you can potentially save the lives of three people. On March 2, CCC hosted a blood drive courtesy of The American Red Cross in the gymnasium. Right now blood is a great need as a result of cancelations due to winter storms.

Head nurse, Ann Simpkins explained, “We’re at a point right now where we need as many donors as we can to resupply the blood we need.”

The process itself isn’t as hard as you might think. Simpkins describes it as a 45-minute process, but the actual donation takes only 10-15 minutes. If you’ve never donated blood before they’ll just ask you to read information so you know why you’re donating. They do a “type screen” so they know what your blood type is for the next time. However, you could possibly be deferred for reasons such as, medication you take or place you’ve traveled to. If you do pass, they will do a mini medical history then take you’re your pulse and temperature. From there, they take a little drop of blood to make sure you have enough iron to give safely and then you’ll have to answer a series of questions on the computer.

“Then you go to the donor room where you actually give that pint of blood. After that you go to canteen and enjoy cookies, juice and social time with other donors to make sure that you’re rehydrated,” explained Simpkins.

The most useful blood type is O negative. People who have O negative blood types are encouraged to donate because O positive is the universal blood type that can be received by anyone. AB positive and AB negative are the least common blood types, while O positive and A positive are the most common.

“The best thing about giving blood is knowing that you’re saving a life,” said CCC student Victoria Moffet.

CCC student and current Miss Cumberland County, Angelica Nardi also donated that day saying, “I’ve given blood before, but I’m currently running for Miss New Jersey an nating is part of my community service. The only side effect from giving blood is it makes me feel hot and dizzy afterwards.”

With blood being low right now it’s crucial to donate. To find out about future blood drives, go to Redcross.org and simply type in your zip code to find a list of blood drives taking place in your area.

      • 1 pint can save up to 3 lives
      • 8 different blood type donations needed
      • A person can donate every 56 days
      • Actual blood donation only takes 10-15 minutes
      • All blood types are in serious need

 



 

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