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No Need to Be Scared When You’re Prepared

Taken from the American Red Cross website.

Taken from the American Red Cross website.

Taken from the American Red Cross website.

Taken from the American Red Cross website.

by Dalton Lafferty, Technology Manager

The Wayne Chapter of the National Honor Society is hosting a spring blood drive on Thursday, April 28th. Throughout the school year the Athletic Department hosts both a fall and winter blood drive. Student safety throughout the donation process is a priority to WHS staff.

To be eligible to donate, students must be at least 16 years old and weigh 110 pounds. If a donor is sixteen, they need written parental permission. Donors seventeen and older, however, do not.

Many students felt the side-effects from donating in the winter, and WHS wants to remind students of the following precautions to take before donating:

  • Do not give blood on an empty stomach.
  • Eat plenty both the day before you donate and the day you donate.
  • Stay hydrated, as you are giving a pint of blood. Within twenty four hours your body will replace the lost fluids, but you can speed up the process by taking in plenty of fluids the day before, the day of, and the day after your donation.
  • Do not perform any extraneous activity until 12 hours after your donation, and wait 24 hours to resume your normal physical activities.
  • Look at http://www.redcrossblood.org/print/donating-blood/tips-successful-donation for more tips on a successful donation.

When you first go to donate, you will fill out a registration form. After this, you will complete a health questionnaire in complete privacy. This ensures you are able to donate and have not been exposed to any illness that may be spread through blood. Next, a technician will check your blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron content to make sure they are healthy enough for you to be able to donate that day. While donating, you will be seated. They will take blood using a needle near the bend of your arm (the other side of your elbow). A whole blood donation takes approximately 10 minutes. If you are giving blood using automated blood collection technology, your donation may take from 25 to 120 minutes, depending on what you are giving. While donating, you may politely ask the technician to recline your chair. Tell the technician if you begin to feel dizzy, excessively hot, or cold. They will do everything they can to make you comfortable. Accept any beverage they offer you, because the drink will make you feel better. After your donation, sit and rest. Be sure to stay until you feel well enough to go about the rest of your day. Follow any post-donation instructions the technicians give you. If you find you are unable to donate that day, don’t be discouraged. Remember, there is no need to be scared when you are prepared!

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