SC State’s Brooks Health Center and Campus Organizations to Host Annual Blood Drive

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Did you know that one donation can help save the lives of up to three people? This year, SC State’s Brooks Health Center, in conjunction with other campus organizations, will host a blood drive. This annual event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the K.W. Green Student Center located on the campus of SC State University. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this life-saving event. During the blood drive, interested participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for the bone marrow registry.

Pinkey Carter, director of Brooks Health Center, is excited about this year’s blood drive. “This blood drive is in honor of the Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Persons with the sickle cell disease require multiple transfusions during their lifetime. Giving blood is a great way to help the Orangeburg community and the state of South Carolina,” Carter says. “It is a very positive way to get students involved. During the event, students will receive health tips and other health information that may save their lives.”

Donating blood is a safe, four-step process. This process includes registration, obtaining medical history, receiving a mini physical and blood donation. The mini physical will include the inspection of the donor's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood. A typical blood donation takes approximately 10 or 12 minutes.

Donors must be healthy and 17 years of age or older. Donors under the age of 17 must have parental consent and weigh at least 110 pounds. For a successful donation, donors must maintain a healthy iron level and be hydrated. Hydration includes drinking an extra 16 ounces of liquid prior to and following their donation. Donors must also have a healthy meal before the donation takes place.

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