American Red Cross Blood Drive

 

The next OLGH American Red Cross Blood Drive is Sat, July 7, 2018 from 8a-12:30p in the BLOODMOBILE in the parish parking lot. You can signup on the online here with sponsor code: olgh, call the Red Cross 1-800-RED-CROSS, or contact Debi in the parish office 485-9615 x100 to schedule your donation appointment. Walk-ins are welcome but scheduled donors help us provide adequate staffing.

 

Be sure to find out about RAPIDPASS which allows you to skip the computer portion of the signin process at the blood drive. RapidPass can only be done AFTER 3AM the morning of your blood donation appointment.

To volunteer to work at our Blood Drive, click here and select your favorite volunteer position!

 

  



 

 

 


 

 

What's Your Blood IQ??

Blood is an essential component to your life, but how much do you actually know about it? Answer these 9 true/false questions and compare them to the answers below the question.

True or False: Blood donations are most needed when a large disaster occurs.

FALSE. Everyday, someone in your community is experiencing a personal disaster -- through a car accident, emergency surgery, cancer treatment or complications during childbirth. On any given day, your blood could make the difference.

True or False: Thanks to new technology, blood can now be stockpiled until it is needed.

FALSE. Despite all of the technological advances, one thing hasn't changed. Blood cannot be stockpiled. It has a limited shelf life and must be replenished constantly. For example, platelets last only 5 days! Red cells last 42 days, and plasma can be frozen for one year.

True or False: it is possible to donate only certain parts of your blood.

TRUE. You can donate only certain parts, such as platelets, plasma or red blood cells, through a process known as apheresis. In an apheresis donation, a special machine draws whole blood from your arm, separates and removes the desired component, and returns the remaining parts to your body.

True or False: Every single unit of donated blood is tested before every single transfusion for diseases that can be transmitted by blood.

TRUE. Absolutely and positively true! Every single donation is tested for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, syphillis and several other diseases that can be transmitted through blood. Every single time. The only exception is when a person donates for his or her own upcoming surgery in a process known as autologous donation. Autologous donations can only be transfused to the same person.

True or False: Thanks to advances in modern medicine, the demand for blood is diminishing year by year.

FALSE. The good news is that medical breakthroughs (for example, organ transplants, more powerful cancer therapies) are saving more lives every year. The bad news is that many of these new procedures actually require more blood. Blood donations today are not keeping pace with increased demand. Please know that more lives can continue to be saved by medical breakthroughs, provided blood is there.

True or False: A transfusion of incompatible blood types can result in death.

TRUE. When the wrong blood type is given, naturally occurring antibodies attach themselves to the transfused blood cells. The transfused red cells burst, releasing hemoglobin. This is called a hemolytic transfusion reaction and can result in organ failure or death. That's why the American Red Cross checks the blood type of each donation, and why hospitals perform still more tests before transfusing a patient.

True or False: There are people with U-negative blood.

TRUE. Although extremely rare, a U-negative blood type does exist. It occurs only in the African American population. And what it means is that a U-negative donor can often be a U-negative patient's only hope of survival.

True or False: Nearly all people of Asian descent have an Rh-positive blood type.

TRUE. Nearly all people of Asian descent have an Rh-positive blood type.

True or False: Scientists have developed synthetic blood that can be used as a substitute for human blood if it is not available.

FALSE. Artificial blood is not available in the US. It is under research as a potential, temporary substitute for red blood cell tranfusions, but it cannot substitute for platelet or plasma transfusions, and it does not work nearly as long or as well as human blood cells do. Human blood is very complex. For now, if you need blood, the only place to get it is from another human being.


 

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