SC State University's Brooks Health Center Hosts Annual Spring Blood Drive

Thursday, April 22, 2010

SC State University’s Brooks Health Center will host their annual spring blood drive on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center.

According to the American Red Cross, more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. “Donating blood is such an easy way to save the lives of others,” said Pinkey Carter, director of Brooks Health Center.

Donating blood is a safe and simple four step process. The process includes registration, obtaining your medical history, receiving a mini-physical, and the final step is blood donation. The mini-physical includes checking the donor's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.

The actual blood donation typically takes 10 to 12 minutes. A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days or double red blood cells every 112 days. In order to meet eligibility requirements, donors must be healthy. They must also be at least 17 years old or 16 years old with parental consent, and they must weigh at least 110 lbs.

For a successful donation, donors must maintain a healthy iron level and they must be hydrated. Hydration includes drinking an extra 16 ounces of liquid before and after their donation. Donors must also have a healthy meal before their donation.

In order to donate blood, donors must bring a driver's license or two other forms of identification.  Donors may also want to bring a list of any medications that they are currently taking.

For additional information about the annual spring blood drive, contact Pinkey Carter at (803) 536-7055.