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Preparation is key to successful blood donation


Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

Mabel American Legion, Mabel on Monday, March 31 from 2-7 p.m. – Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and to help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends:

•Getting a good night’s sleep.

•Eating a good breakfast or lunch.

•Drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate.

•Avoid caffeinated beverages.

•Eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

“Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time,” said Bev Williams, Mabel Blood Drive Coordinator. “The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood each time they are eligible; every 56 days for whole blood donations and 112 days for double red cell donations.”

How to Donate Blood

Simply call Bev Williams at 507-493-5284 or 507-450-0992 to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American

Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between the U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

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