Community blood drive brings in dozens of volunteers
Bemidji State University and Bemidji High School recently hosted a blood drive with Vitalant.
Bemidji State University and Bemidji High School recently hosted community blood drives with Vitalant.
The blood drive at Bemidji High School, held on Feb. 2, helped collect a total of 42 units of blood products for patients in need, a release said.
A total of 37 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 34 individuals were able to successfully donate at the Vitalant blood drive.
Eight donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. There were nine people who volunteered for the first time.
The blood drive at BSU on Feb. 3 helped collect a total of 40 units of blood products for patients in need, the release said.
A total of 40 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 35 individuals were able to successfully donate at the Vitalant blood drive.
Five donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells and there were 10 people who volunteered for the first time.
"Living through a pandemic can lead to many uncertainties, although one thing we are sure of, is that the need for blood never ceases," the release said.
Blood is only useable for 42 days, so a constant supply is always needed, no matter the season. Winter has challenges with the threat of weather/travel and planning, but the winter weather is no wonderland for hospital patients who depend on blood to keep them healthy and alive, the release said.
Donors can make an appointment to give blood at www.donors.vitalant.org or by calling 877-25-VITAL. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn reward points.
Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments, while the blood draws typically take less than 10 minutes.
Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Health History Questionnaire the day they donate on www.vitalant.org/health.