Students Save Lives

With a great turnout for the annual blood drive sponsored by The Community Blood Center, more slots will be opened for next year’s possible participants.

With a great turnout for the annual blood drive sponsored by The Community Blood Center, more slots will be opened for next year’s possible participants.

For the 63 brave student souls that signed up for the annual blood drive held on March 4, the experience could be classified as anything from relatively painless to an uncomfortable endeavor ending in a failed donation. For 16 students, the latter was their fate.

The Community Blood Center sponsored drive is open to High School students ages 16 and up, though anyone under 17 is required to have a parent’s consent. A person must weigh a minimum of 110lbs and pass multiple health tests including a prick test to test iron content and a questionare confirming multiple facts including if a donor has not in fact purchased the services of a prostitute during the last 12 months.

This year’s turnout was 109% of what was expected, having collected 47 units of blood rather than the expected 43. Because of the great turn out, next year there will be 84 slots open to students rather than 64.

For the majority of kids, the experience of giving blood was relatively painless.

“It was a good experience, it’s good to know that I’m going to be giving my blood to help people.” Holly M., first time blood donor, said, “It went smoothly for me, it was uncomfortable at first, but it got better.”

There can be huge benefits to donating blood, but benefits that come at a cost to the student choosing to lay idle in a cot for up to an hour.

Cons:

  • There are multiple instances during the process that will require, obviously, drawing blood. The first instance is a prick on the finger which, according to one nurse, many attribute to being the worst part. The second is the injection of a mildly large needle into the inner elbow.
  • It’s not guaranteed that a nurse will find a vein. This rather annoying process of fishing for a vein can become mildly uncomfortable and lead to internal bleeding. Even after enduring the process, it is not uncommon to be turned away due to excessive prodding.
  • Excessive Physical activity is discouraged for at least 2 weeks, for it takes up to 60-64 days for the body’s red blood cell count to return to normal.
  • People have been known to faint after giving blood, according to Red Cross’s website, and it is encouraged for those that do feel dizzy after the process to rest immediately.

Pros:

  • A pint of blood can save up to three lives of car accident victims and other injuries that result in massive blood loss.
  • 4-5 weeks after donating, a donor will receive a blood type card in the mail certified by the Community Blood Center. This is handy for those wishing to figure out their blood type while also aiding a good cause.
  • A free t-shirt, cookies, and juice are provided at the blood drive. Need there be any more reason?
  • $5 off a Turnabout ticket.

By Megan Reynolds

reynolds.megan@oakwoodschools.org

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