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One Blood Drive is coming to campus

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This Friday, Dec. 8, the One Blood bus is coming to our campus. If you want to save up to three people by giving blood, and you are 16 years or older, you can sign up in the cafeteria during your assigned lunch. There are some things you need to know so you can successfully give blood.

Along with giving blood, you get a free check-up and be informed of your blood type. When a One Drive member is giving the check-up, they are looking for certain things. They want to make sure your weight is at least 110 or you are in a healthy weight range. How much blood you give is based on how much you weigh.

Male:

If you are 4’ 10” 4’ 11” 5’ or taller
You need to weigh at least: 118 114 110

 

Female:

If you are 4’ 10” 4’ 11” 5’ 5’ 1” 5’ 2” 5’3” 5’ 4” 5’ 5” 5’ 6” or taller
You need to weigh at least 146 142 138 133 129 124 120 115 110

 

Your iron level matters too, if you have a low iron level try eating foods like grains, meat, seafood, vegetables and fruits.

One of the most important things is that you need to stay hydrated. Drinking water is something that should always be on your to do list to stay healthy.

Right before you donate:

Wear something comfy and warm. Make sure you can roll up your sleeves past your elbows, so they can access your arms easily.

Eat a lot one to two hours before you donate, try to avoid fatty foods. If you do not eat properly before you give blood there is a high chance that you could pass out.

Bring a photo ID with your birthday.

Be sure that if you have any prescribed medications that you bring a list of all of them.

If you are under 18 you will need consent from a guardian. If you are 16 you will need to have a parental consent form signed so you can give it to one of the One Blood members. If you are 17 you can either have your guardian call to confirm that you can give blood, or you can have them sign a parental consent form.

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